The Trench Reynolds Report

All Crime Is Personal

This past Friday the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the law that bans registered sex offenders from using social networks like Facebook. I’m actually ambivalent about this law mostly because it was pushed by NC Attorney General Roy Cooper back in the MySpace days as a piece of feel good legislation designed to get him …

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NC judges: Facebook ban for sex offenders illegal: Remember how in my last post I said the last time I checked it was illegal to be a registered sex offender in North Carolina to be on a social networking site? Apparently the last time I checked must have been in July because in August the …

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Judge upholds Indiana Facebook ban for sex offenders: I didn’t know that Indiana even had a Dumbfish law on the books yet here we are. Anyway a federal judge upheld Indiana’s law that bans registered sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites regardless if they’ve completed their probation or not. “Social networking, chat …

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New La. law: Sex offenders must list status on Facebook, other social media: Previously I’ve posted about the state of Louisiana passing a law I call The Dumbfish Law. The law basically banned from registered sex offenders from being on Facebook or any other kind of social networking site. I call it the dumbfish law …

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Judge throws out La. Facebook ban on sex offenders: Last summer the state of Louisiana passed a law that would ban sex offenders from social networking sites if their crimes involved children. I call it the Dumbfish law because there is so many ways to circumvent such a ban only an idiot would be caught …

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Sex Offender Victor Gaston Sentenced For Social Media Violations: NC Sex Offender Gets Prison for Facebook Request: As I have mentioned many times before it is illegal in the state of North Carolina for registered sex offenders to be on any social networking site. I’ve called these offenders that ignore the law dumbfish because it’s …

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Law bans offenders from using networking: Last week the state of Louisiana passed a law that would make it illegal for registered sex offenders, whose crimes involved children, to have social networking accounts. As you may have read in the past I call this The Dumbfish Law because basically states like North Carolina and now …

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California State Senator Sharon Runner is proposing a law that would require registered sex offenders to provide law enforcement with their online names, email addresses and social networking sites. This the type of law has been in effect for some time now in North Carolina. I call it the dumbfish law because while it does …

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Once again we have yet another Dumbfish caught in the obvious nets of North Carolina’s law banning sex offenders from social networking sites. Today’s bottom feeder flopping on the boat floor is one Kevin Gale Crouse of Bessemer City. For this story I guess we call it Bassemer City, get it? Anyway, the 41-year-old Crouse …

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As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of North Carolina’s law that bans sex offenders from social networking sites. I think it does nothing to prevent unregistered offenders from approaching kids and there are so many ways around the ban. However as I’ve also said before it seems that it does catch some …

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