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Judge declines ruling on NC sex offender law

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina judge has declined to rule
if a state law barring registered sex offenders from using social
networking websites like MySpace or Facebook is unconstitutional.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Superior Court Judge
Michael Morgan said Thursday that deciding on the constitutionality
of the law was beyond his jurisdiction. But Morgan did rule the law
had been fairly applied by Durham police.

Attorneys Glenn Gerding and Lynn Norton-Ramirez represent two of
the eight offenders charged by Durham authorities last summer for
maintaining accounts on the sites. The attorneys say the 2008 law
is too broad and prevents their clients from communicating with
friends or promoting their own businesses.

The attorneys say the ruling allows them to take the cases to a
higher court.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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