Reply To: Packingham case asks: Is First Amendment negotiable?


Mitch Huested

This is a clear 1st Amendment rights issue. Society has embraced technology and social media to such an extent that it has become a part of everyday life. Job postings, news reports, even simple communication among family members is now most often done through SM and Email. Many careers must be applied for through electronic means. The day of the paper resume` is over! Denying ANY former convicted person access to electronic communication of ANY kind only serves to further punish them and alienate them from society. After a person is released, I think the argument should also have included the 8th and 14th Amendments. Cruel and Unusual Punishment, and Equal Protection under the Law. Murderers and Meth manufacturers are free to search the internet at will. The whole idea of Megan’s Law is unconstitutional under these Amendments alone. But no one wants to be the face of Sex Offender rights.