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