Goldberg complained that the law bans "vast swaths of core First Amendment activity" that have nothing to do with the government's professed goal of preventing sex offenders from using social media sites to gather information that they can then use to target minors for sexual abuse.
A 21-year-old college student at the time, Packingham was indicted in Cabarrus County on two counts of statutory rape of a 13-year-old.
"Nearly 7 in 10 American adults regularly use at least one internet social networking service", the Electronic Frontier Foundation noted in a brief, adding that "Facebook alone has more than 1.79 billion monthly active users". "Thanks JESUS!" he wrote. He was given a suspended sentence, placed on two years' probation and required to register as a sex offender.
Packingham was off probation but still on the sex offender registry when he took to Facebook in April 2010 under an assumed name to celebrate the dismissal of a traffic ticket.
Robert Montgomery, representing the state of North Carolina, defended the law and argued there were alternatives to using social media.
An intermediate state appellate court overturned his conviction, but the state supreme court reversed the ruling and reinstated it. The state court noted that Packingham could still use other websites, and that the law furthered a governmental interest of protecting children.
Justice Elena Kagan asked him about the rise of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and their role in political discourse.
"Typically, there's not the transparent amount of information or the anonymity that comes with the social networking website in which you can click on a link and go find out information about someone that you don't know", he said. Someone subject to this law literally can't know what he can't do or say; the police themselves aren't sure!
There's been no evidence to suggest that Packingham used social media to contact any minors, and says Goldberg to the AP, "There's never been any suggestion that he was up to anything but exercising his freedom of speech".
If this law is struck down, it would affect 20,000 sex offenders now registered in North Carolina. Nine other states require offenders to disclose their online usernames and profiles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Update: Per the Associated Press, five of the eight sitting justices signaled during oral arguments Monday that they were leaning toward striking down the North Carolina law, with Justice Ginsberg saying, "The law does not operate in some sleepy First Amendment quarter".
In a lively argument on Monday that touched on school websites, chat rooms, and President Donald Trump's Twitter account, the U.S. Supreme Court took up a challenge to a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from accessing social networking sites that allow minors to create accounts. "It just keeps them off of certain web sites".
Nationwide, an estimated 850,000 people are on sex offender registries. Meanwhile, Louisiana and 11 other states, as well as victims' advocacy groups have filed to support North Carolina.
But Packingham's lawyers say that the law is far too broad and punitive, especially given the importance today of the internet in communication, and breached their client's right to free speech.
Two similar statutes - in IN and Nebraska - were struck down by the lower federal courts.
The state contends its social media ban was adopted to stop sexual predators from "taking what is often the critical first step in the sexual assault of a child", meaning gathering information about potential young targets.
For parts of the fall, she would return to NY , but being back in the city between stints at Standing Rock was disorienting. Tom Iverson said reopening the highway to through traffic is a priority, but it's not clear when that will happen.
Australia has ended a nine match losing stretch in Asia, claiming a 1-0 series lead on day three of the first Test in Pune. Rahul played an uncharacteristic shot and skied the ball to David Warner at long on off O'Keefe in the 33rd over.
Another five squads received fourth-round picks, while 15 picks were handed to squads in rounds five-through-seven. New rules also allow teams to trade the picks, something that was not implemented in previous years .
The New Yorker , Vanity Fair and Bloomberg had canceled their famous event parties, and CNN was considering skipping the sit-down. Named "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner", all proceeds raised will be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists .
There's also some speculation that the tablet could come with a 10.2-inch screen, though that hasn't been confirmed. The short video not only reveals what appears to be an edge-to-edge display but also the official launch date.
Of course, this references the singer's 2014 album Trigga , which featured a Nicki collabo on the hit single, "Touchin, Lovin". I got respect for Nicki , me and Nicki done worked together. "You gotta get plaques" - Nicki Minaj spits on "Make Love".
For United this is Ibrahimovic, with Mourinho saying any serious layoff for the 24-goal man would be a "disaster". "This club is about titles, we don't select which competitions we go for, we go into all of them to try to win".
If the mission is successful, the Dragon 2 capsule will be used to send a crew to the ISS in the second quarter of 2018. SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced Monday that two people paid a "significant amount of money" for the trip.
Surprise! BlackBerry is still at it, coming out with smartphone after smartphone, despite being overshadowed by everyone. The KEYone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage , expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card .
Sunderland stay bottom after Everton defeat
There have been 14 goals between these sides in their last three meetings, with the Toffees winning twice and Sunderland once. They (Everton) want to compete with the top clubs but I still think there's a bit to do to break into it.
Officials Warn of Mumps Cases at University of Alabama
In Arkansas, where about 2,800 people have gotten mumps since 2016, only 17 people experienced inflammation of the testicles. Mumps is a contagious viral infection that can cause painful swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotid glands.