ACLU Eagerly Takes Up Case of Sex Offenders in California

Following the passage of California's Proposition 35 on Nov. 6, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to stop the measure against child predators from taking force. The section of Prop. 35 against which the ACLU took issue is that which "requires registered sex offenders to give authorities a list of their Internet providers and screen names." The ACLU of Northern California joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and brought suit in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of two sex offenders who objected to disclosing that information. In other words, Prop. 35 would remove their aliases and make it much harder for them to interact with children who are unaware that they were predators. The ACLU argued that "the requirement restricts offenders' First Amendment right to free speech and their due process and equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment." In response, a U.S. District Judge temporarily halted the measure until there can be a full...(Read Full Post)