Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Court Overturns Internet Ban On Child Porn Convict

from the interesting dept

There have been a number of computer related legal cases (usually involving hackers) where the final sentence includes some provision preventing them from using computers for a specified period of time. I had always been surprised that not too many people protested this - as it seems to me that computers have become so essential to many peoples' lives and jobs that it would be too much of a burden to say they couldn't use computers at all. Now, a federal appeals court has overturned a ruling against a convicted child pornographer which had said he couldn't use a computer. The court said that it's an "unfair encroachment on his liberties" and points out that even though people use telephones to commit crimes, courts don't ban the use of telephones as punishment.

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    Zak McKracken, 1 Apr 2002 @ 11:17pm


    About time too. Although when 100% certain of guilt, paedophiles should have access to oxygen stopped, blocking computer usage should not be the knee-jerk reaction.
    Wonder if those that made the limelight are going to create appeals? :)

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