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CYBERSPACE: WHEN SURFING IS A CRIME

The state of California has launched a new online database of registered sex offenders, reports The Volokh Conspiracy, and one group is explicitly forbidden to surf it: the offenders themselves.

If sex offenders "access" the site, it's a misdemeanor under Megan's Law. Is this the first time a law has made it a crime for certain people to access a public Web site? Nope, answers crim law professor Orin Kerr, who recently wrote a law review article on the topic.

Is this law blatantly unconstitutional? Michael Cernovich thinks so.

Posted by Laurel Newby on December 28, 2004 at 12:36 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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