Once Again, A Court Overturns Internet Ban For Convicted Criminal

from the so-can-we-stop-issuing-these-bans? dept

For nearly a decade now, we've been questioning the wisdom of punishing a criminal who used the internet as part of their crime, with a ban from internet access. With the internet becoming so integral to everyday activity, it almost seems impossible to ban them from getting on the internet at all. Does it mean they can't use a smartphone (or even a featurephone)? Can they not use VoIP? It really makes very little sense. Thankfully, it seems like most of these bans get overturned. All the way back in 2002, we wrote about a court overturning such a ban, saying that it was an "unfair encroachment on his liberties." In 2007, a similar ban was overturned. Earlier this year, another such ban was overturned as being a restriction on the guy's free speech.

And yet, the courts seem to keep giving out these bans. So, yet again, we have a story of a 30 year computer ban being overturned. And again, the court found that such a ban seems to go way too far. In this case, it was deemed "substantively unreasonable" and "aggressively interferes with the goal of rehabilitation."

So, at what point do judges stop giving out these kinds of bans in the first place?

Filed Under: criminal, internet ban


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    Richard (profile), 5 Apr 2010 @ 4:53pm

    Bu but but

    There are very few devices of modern life that don't include a computer these days. If you can't use a computer then you also can't use a telephone, drive a car, use a vacuum cleaner, a fridge, a washing machine, a dishwasher, listen to the radio etc etc. There simply is no job you could do without at some point encountering one. Such a ban is nonsense. The courts may make them - but then the courts are well know to be capable of all kinds of stupidity.

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