February 6, 2013
Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson is quoted in an article from the Associated Press on new efforts by senators in Indiana to ban sex offenders from social media sites. A previous law was overturned by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago for not being specific enough with regards to whom would be banned.
The new version of the bill is being criticized for also being too broad and virtually banning all sex offenders from using social media sites. ”It applies to any site that a person knowingly uses and knows that minors are allowed to use,” said Robson. She said that would completely ban sex offenders from using Facebook, since kids also are allowed to access it. “There is not even a provision that the person ‘friend’ or have contact with the minor,” Robson said.
Prof. Robson teaches in the areas of constitutional law, family law, feminist legal theory, and sexuality and the law. She is the author of many articles in such journals as New York Law School Journal of Human Rights, Albany Law Review, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Hastings Law Journal, Australian Feminist Law Journal, and Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence.