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“Pedophilia panic” consequences

“Pedophilia panic” leads to irrational and life-destroying consequences By Jacob Sullum…. “Sounds like you enjoy sex with kids,” a reader tweeted at me after seeing a blog post I wrote about former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle. It was 2015, and Fogle had just signed a plea agreement in which he admitted to looking at child pornography and having sex with…

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Supreme Court unconvinced by North Carolina’s Facebook argument

By Sandy . . . “There are three principal features of North Carolina’s law that make it a stark abridgment of the Freedom of Speech.” These words, spoken by attorney David Goldberg, opened the oral arguments of the petitioner Lester Packingham to the Supreme Court today, Monday, February 27. At 21, Mr. Packingham was convicted of taking indecent liberties with…

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NARSOL Press Release: Supreme Court Arguments Monday

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . . Contact: Sandy Rozek; 888.997.7765 communications@nationalrsol.org  Supreme Court set to hear oral argument on Monday  Do sex offenders have a First Amendment right to social media access? The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Monday in a case out of North Carolina that considers whether people who have been convicted of a sexually based offense…

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“Court says Michigan sex offender registry laws creating ‘moral lepers'”

Excerpts from “Constitutional Law and the Role of Scientific Evidence: The Transformative Potential of Doe v. Snyder,” Boston College Law Review | Feb. 22, 2017 By Melissa Hamilton……. Abstract: In late 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s concluded in Does #1–5 v. Snyder that Michigan’s sex offender registry and residency restriction law constituted an ex post facto punishment in…

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North Carolina versus First Amendment: SCOTUS to decide

By Andrew Cohen . . . Lester Gerard Packingham was having a really good day back on April 27, 2010. The North Carolina man had just learned that a traffic ticket against him had been dismissed, so he logged onto his Facebook account and gleefully told the world: “Man God is Good! How about I got so much favor they…

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Civil commitment setback | 8th Circuit reverses lower court

By Chris Serres . . . A federal appeals court in St. Louis has reversed a lower-court ruling that Minnesota’s sex-offender treatment program is unconstitutional — a major victory for the Minnesota Department of Human Services and a decision that could delay long-awaited reforms to the state’s system of indefinite detention for sex offenders. In a decision Tuesday, a three-judge…

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7th Circuit: “Hartford City sex offender ordinance unconstitutionally vague”

First the 6th; then the 4th; now the 7th!… Source: http://bit.ly/2gYlcXy… A 2008 Hartford City ordinance that restricted registered sex offenders from entering or loitering within 300 feet of broadly defined “child safety zones” is unconstitutionally vague, a federal judge has ruled. Brian Valenti challenged a 2008 ordinance after he moved to the Blackford County community in 2014 with his wife…

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Fourth Circuit to NC: Got some statistical evidence? Anything? Hello? You there?

By David Post . . . In an important decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on Wednesday struck down [Doe v. Cooper — opinion posted here] as unconstitutional under the First Amendment yet another “unconstitutional monstrosity” perpetrated by the North Carolina legislature in its unceasing efforts to make life as miserable as humanly possible for previously…

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Veteran fought for their rights, loses his

By Georgina Schaff… Published in the Argus Leader November 21, 2016… On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, I had the honor and privilege of spending the night with a medically discharged Vietnam vet and his wife residing in Arizona. I have never personally known a totally disabled vet, so this was to be a first experience and opportunity…

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Justice in the balance as Trump faces Supreme Court picks

By Larry . . . Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, what does that mean in terms of ongoing efforts to reform the criminal justice system and the Supreme Court? Will a Trump appointment to the Supreme Court vote to overturn Smith v Doe? The honest answer is that none of us know nor can the future be predicted…

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