New York high court strikes down cyberbullying law

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion] 5-2 Tuesday that a criminal cyberbullying statute enacted by the Albany County Legislature [official website] violated the First Amendment. The defendant, a 15-year-old high school student, was criminally prosecuted under the law after he "anonymously posted sexual information about fellow classmates on a publicly-accessible internet website." The legislature defined cyberbullying as:any act of communicating or causing a communication to be sent by mechanical or electronic means, including posting statements…


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