Packingham v. North Carolina (Sex Offenders and Social Media)
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Packingham v. North Carolina. The issue before the Court was
Whether, under the court’s First Amendment precedents, a law that makes it a felony for any person on the state’s registry of former sex offenders to “access” a wide array of websites – including Facebook, YouTube, and nytimes.com – that enable communication, expression, and the exchange of information among their users, if the site is “know[n]” to allow minors to have accounts, is permissible, both on its face and as applied to petitioner, who was convicted based on a Facebook post in which he celebrated dismissal of a traffic ticket, declaring “God is Good!”
To read commentary about the oral argument go here. I will also post the recording of the oral argument as soon as it becomes available on the Oyez website.