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updated 8:19 PM UTC, Aug 7, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Sex Offender Appeal on 1st Amendment

  • Written by Tyler Bue
  • Published in News

The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected an appeal in a case where a sex offender claimed he had a First Amendment right to use the internet.

James Jackson, Junior pleaded no contest in 2016 to setting up an anonymous profile on Facebook to talk to young girls in violation of his restrictions under the sex offender registry. He appealed the case, stating that the arrest violated his First Amendment protections to free speech. A lower court ruled that while Jackson has a right to free speech on the internet, he gave up parts of those rights as part of his original conviction, and that using the Internet in a way that violates his release is not a protected Free Speech case.

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