Wednesday, April 03, 2002

Computer ban ruled illegal: After George Sofsky pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the internet, part of his sentence included a provision banning him from using computers for a certain period of time after he got out of jail. In an interesting legal development, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that part of his sentence. According to the article, "the court likened banning computer use to prohibiting people who conduct crimes via phone or mail from using those communication methods", stating that "a total ban on Internet access prevents use of e-mail, an increasingly widely used form of communication..."