Supreme Court Blocks Sex Offenders From Social Media Pending Appeal

The state Supreme Court has blocked sex offenders from using social networking websites, despite a lower court ruling that says the state law is unconstitutional.

Last week the state Court of Appeals struck down the law that bars sex offenders from visiting websites like Facebook and MySpace.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is appealing that ruling, and got the Supreme Court to grant a stay which blocks the lower court's ruling on the law.

"We plan to ask the Supreme Court to review the case and uphold this tool that law enforcement and prosecutors can use to protect children," Cooper said.

Cooper says he pushed for the social networking ban for convicted sex offenders as part of a comprehensive legislative package in 2008 that included stricter sentences for child predators and pornographers who use the Internet to find their victims.

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