Even convicted criminals — and in some instances especially convicted criminals — might receive legitimate benefits from these means for access to the world of ideas, in particular if they seek to reform and to pursue lawful and rewarding lives. States also limit internet use as a condition of parole or probation. Investigators said they found a picture of Packingham on Facebook and determined he created the profile page, according to court documents. The challenge was brought by Lester Gerard Parkingham Jr. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. The legislative package came about at a time that state attorneys general across the nation were raising concerns about social media sites such as Facebook and Myspace, hoping to protect users from sexual predators using the networks. Supreme Court has overturned a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from using Facebook or other social networking sites that minors can join. They are barred from working with minors and visiting certain places where children are likely to be present. Glenn Gerding, the Chapel Hill attorney who represented Packingham, argued several years ago that the law as written could make it difficult for a registered offender to engage in routine Internet activity, such as a Google search. June 19, Draughon, Lemuel Banks and Purvis Dunn all petitioned to get off the registry. After sorting through confusion over the status of a Texas conviction on North Carolina's law, Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner agreed to take Gathings off the registry. One man, Michael Gathings, was successful even though he has admitted to having sex with a 7-year-old girl. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. Louisiana has a law similar to North Carolina's, but unlike the N. But later charges such as assault on a female, drugs and failure to register led the judge to reject them. Instead of automatically allowing sex offenders off the registry after a minimum of 10 years, they must now prove to the court that they're deserving.