Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Court Realizes Lifetime Internet Ban Is Unreasonable

from the seems-a-bit-extreme,-right? dept

We've discussed how ridiculous it is for courts to ban people from the internet entirely just because the crime they committed took place on the internet. You don't see people getting banned from using the telephone because their crime involved a phone. However, judges keep putting such a ban in place. An appeals court has now overturned such a ban, pointing out how excessive it appeared to be. In this case, the guy was "prohibited from accessing any computer equipment or any 'online' computer service at any location, including employment or education. This includes, but is not limited to, any Internet service provider, bulletin board system, or any other public or private computer network." As the article notes, that would mean he basically couldn't use a mobile phone (or VoIP phone) these days. And, it's getting increasingly difficult to find a job or class that doesn't involve computers and the internet in some manner. To ban it completely, for the rest of this guy's life, was clearly extreme -- and it's good that the appeals court has agreed. As for the lower court, it sounds like they just were so interested in the "internet" angle to the case, they didn't quite realize the consequences of a complete ban for life.

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    krob, 8 Jun 2007 @ 6:55am

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    anyways, that is a very different genre of crime. Child molesters are banned from being near young children, but are not banned from using the restroom ? Using the internet is the equivalent to using the restroom these days, without it, you are essentially living on the fringe of society. anyways, people who you speak of as the saying goes perfectly fits, "don't do the crime if you can't do the time" but these people generally are mentally ill to some degree and emotionally disturbed. The major problem in this country is the lack of nut houses, which the US government in it's infinite wisdom decided to get rid of a while back, now using the prison system as it's new nut house + violent criminal storage facility.

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