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Thursday, June 21, 2012
by Michael Loatman
Louisiana has garnered national
attention for its new law that
requires registered sex offenders to post the details of their
conviction on their social media profiles.
The law, effective August 1, will
create La. Rev. Stat. § 15:541.2(D), which requires a sex
offender's profile to include that "he is a sex offender or child
predator and shall include notice of the crime for which he was
convicted, the jurisdiction of conviction, a description of his
physical characteristics . . . , and his residential address." The
information must be visible to other users or visitors on the
social networking service.
The law serves as a social media
version of various laws–often dubbed Megan's Laws–that require the
provision of information about sexual predators to the public.
Louisiana enacted a tougher law last
year, an outright ban on registered sex offender use of social
networking websites. However, a federal judge ruled that law
unconstitutional in Doe v. Jindal, No. 11-554-BAJ-SCR
(M.D. La. Feb. 16, 2012), after it was challenged by the American
Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.
It remains to be seen whether any
groups successfully challenge this new law, or if it serves as a
popular model for states seeking to update their Megan's Law.
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