(Story broke 6/19/2017)
Back in the days of MySpace hysteria, the state of North Carolina made it illegal for any registered sex offender to be on social media. They were required to turn over their e-mail addresses and any social media accounts they had. It’s not like sex offenders are known liars and can create any number of alternate accounts, but I digress.
The Supreme Court has overturned that law stating that banning sex offenders from social media is a violation of their first amendment rights. You may be surprised to know, I’m not too broken up about this ruling. When this law was first enacted I was living in North Carolina. It was pushed for hard by then state Attorney General Roy Cooper. At that time I called it nothing more than ‘feel good’ legislation designed to garner reelection for Cooper by pandering to the soccer mom crowd. Considering that Cooper is now the Governor of NC, he’s got pandering down to an art form. I also referred to it as ‘The Dumbfish Law’ because I thought at the time only a ‘dumb fish’ would jump into the figurative boat helmed by Cooper, and not surprisingly some did. This legislation also didn’t address all the predators not on the sex offender registry nor did it prevent RSOs from creating dummy accounts.
The other thing I didn’t like about this legislation is the Government of North Carolina was basically absolving parents from doing their jobs of protecting their own children from online predators. It’s not the government’s job to raise your kids.
What I am curious to know is, what’s going to happen to all the sex offenders that were sent back to prison after violating this now unconstitutional law? I see a lot of lawsuits in the Tar Heel State’s future.