A judge that President Obama nominated for a district court bench “has thrown out a Louisiana law that bans certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites,” WDSU reports. “U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled Thursday that the prohibition—which took effect in August—was too broad and infringed on constitutionally protected speech.”
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, blasted Jackson’s ruling in a statement.
“Louisiana families should have the comfort of knowing their children are able to go online without the threat of sex predators,” Jindal’s statement read, according to WDSU. “It’s offensive that the court would rule that the rights of sex predators are more important than the rights of innocent children. As the father of three young kids, I will do everything in our power to protect Louisiana families and that includes appealing to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and bringing legislation this upcoming session to fortify and strengthen the law.”
The law made it a crime for anyone convicted of a sex offense against a minor or of video voyeurism to use networking websites, chat rooms and peer-to-peer networks.
"The internet is the virtual playground where sex offenders are trying to strike and prey on our kids," Jindal said. "We must have the tools to crack down on monsters that are preying on our kids. If these predators want to search the internet for a victim, they won’t be able to do it in the State of Louisiana."
Obama nominated Jackson on October 29, 2009 to serve as a judge on the district court. Jackson will bring to the bench the “judgment, intellect, and integrity Americans expect and deserve from their federal judges,” Obama said at the time.
It would seem that Bobby Jindal thinks Jackson has not brought those virtues to the job.