Appeals Court Affirms Sex Offense Convictions, Despite Arguments Raised Regarding the First Amendment, Legislative Intent, and Limiting Instructions to the Jury

SUMMARY: The Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the defendant’s convictions for child rape, child pornography, and dissemination of matter harmful to minors when a 23-year old man and a 13-14 year old girl had sexual contact both in person and via cell phone. The defendant raised arguments based on legislative intent, First Amendment, and Improper jury instruction grounds, none of which the court found persuasive. The jury was notably limited by

U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Law Banning Sex Offenders from Using Facebook

A unanimous (8-0) U.S. Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that banned registered sex offenders from using social media (such as Facebook), as it the Court deemed it a violation of the First Amendment. The case is titled Packingham v. North Carolina. Despite the unanimity, the Court was divided on how far the First Amendment prohibits states from preventing sex offenders on the web. The majority (in an

A Great Post on Free Speech and Free Speech Defender Marc Randazza, and Also Criticizing the ACLU and the SPLC

Scott Greenfield writes on the defense of free speech by Marc Randazza, First Amendment lawyer, who is defending Andrew Anglin, Neo-Nazi and founder of The Daily Stormer. Greenfield also criticizes the modern ACLU for failing to support free speech as they once did. In addition, Greenfield criticizes the SPLC for holding itself up as an unbiased judge of what a “hate” group is. Both the U.S. Constitution and the Massachusetts