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 January 1, 2010  Posted by  Court, Laws

The Associated Press reports:

A federal judge yesterday blocked portions of Nebraska’s new sex-offender registry law, including provisions that sought to monitor convicted sex offenders’ computer usage and prevent them from visiting certain Web sites.

Judge Richard Kopf did leave most of the law intact, saying it came close to meeting criteria set for the state by Congress.

Kopf said lawmakers may have gone too far in two areas — both provisions that weren’t required under the federal legislation. Those provisions prohibit sex offenders from using social-networking sites used by children, like MySpace and Facebook. They also require that sex offenders have hardware or software installed on their computers and other electronic communication devices to monitor their activities, and that they consent to such searches.

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