Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Second Try at Cyberbully Law

Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) July 15, 2014

"County lawmakers have drafted a narrower version of the cyberbullying law struck down by the state's highest court this month.

But the new version has yet to be vetted by County Attorney Thomas Marcelle, whose office was charged with defending the flawed 2010 law that the Court of Appeals ruled violated the First Amendment protection of free speech by reaching 'far beyond the cyberbullying of children.'

The court's chief gripes with the measure, which is intended to protect children from online bullying, were that it was written in a way that applied to both children and adults and so broadly defined the crime that it covered 'every conceivable form of electronic communication' — not just those online." Read more

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