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North Carolina Lawyers Say Sex Offenders Should Be Allowed on Facebook

facebook loginNorth Carolina state law prohibits registered sex offenders from using social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace, but two lawyers believe that the restriction is unconstitutional. Attorney Glenn Gerding, who is representing convicted sex offender Christian Martin Johnson, argues that the law is too broad, and would prevent his client from using sites like Google or Amazon, since both platforms offer social networking features. "The regulation does not just keep a registered sex offender from engaging in obscene speech with a minor," Gerding wrote, in a motion filed last month. "It prohibits any and all speech, however innocent, even if it's a religious conversation between the offender and his priest, or a discussion of family matters between the offender and his mother."

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