Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Fri, 04/08/2011 - 6:22am.

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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