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Docket Number15-1194
Term2016
Full NameLester Gerard Packingham v. North Carolina
Short NameLester Gerard Packingham v. North Carolina
PetitionerLester Gerard Packingham
RespondentNorth Carolina
Date Argued (Reargued)Feb. 27, 2017
Date Decided

Question Presented

The North Carolina Supreme Court sustained petitioner's conviction under a criminal law, N.C. Gen. Stat. ยง 14-202.5, that makes it a felony for any person on the State's registry of former sex offenders to "access" a wide array of websites-including Facebook, YouTube, and nytimes.com-that enable communication, expression, and the exchange of information among their users, if the site is "know[n]" to allow minors to have accounts. The law-which applies to thousands of people who, like petitioner, have completed all criminal justice supervision-does not require the State to prove that the accused had contact with (or gathered information about) a minor, or intended to do so, or accessed a website for any illicit or improper purpose. The question presented is: Whether, under this Court's First Amendment precedents, such a law is permissible, both on its face and as applied to petitioner - who was convicted based on a Facebook "post" in which he celebrated dismissal of a traffic ticket, declaring "God is Good!"

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Case Events

NoDateDescription
36 2017-02-27Argued. For petitioner: David T. Goldberg, Stanford, Cal. For respondent: Robert C. Montgomery, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Raleigh, N. C.
35 2017-02-16Reply of petitioner Lester Gerard Packingham filed. (Distributed)
34 2017-01-31Record received from the Supreme Court of North Carolina and North Carolina Court of Appeals. The record is electronic.
33 2017-01-24Brief amici curiae of Council of State Governments, et al. filed.
32 2017-01-24Brief amici curiae of Stop Child Predators, and Shared Hope International filed. (Distributed)
31 2017-01-23Brief amici curiae of State of Louisiana,and Twelve Other States filed. (Distributed)
30 2017-01-18CIRCULATED.
29 2017-01-17Brief of respondent North Carolina filed. (Distributed)
28 2016-12-30Record requested from the Supreme Court of North Carolina
27 2016-12-22Brief amici curiae of Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), et al. filed.
26 2016-12-22Brief amici curiae of Electronic Frontier Foundation, et al. filed.
25 2016-12-22Brief amici curiae of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, et al. filed.
24 2016-12-22SET FOR ARGUMENT on Monday, February 27, 2017.
23 2016-12-22Brief amici curiae of Cato Institute, et al. filed.
22 2016-12-22Brief amicus curiae of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.
21 2016-12-21Brief amici curiae of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Thomas Jefferson Center for Protection of Free Expression filed.
20 2016-12-15Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
19 2016-12-15Brief of petitioner Lester Gerard Packingham filed.
18 2016-12-12Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party from counsel for the petitioner.
17 2016-11-18The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including December 15, 2016.
16 2016-11-16Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party from counsel for the respondent.
15 2016-10-28Petition GRANTED.
14 2016-10-24DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 28, 2016.
13 2016-10-11DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 14, 2016.
12 2016-10-03DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 7, 2016.
11 2016-07-22Reply of petitioner Lester Gerard Packingham filed. (Distributed)
10 2016-07-20DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 26, 2016.
9 2016-06-30Brief of respondent North Carolina in opposition filed.
8 2016-05-26Order extending time to file response to petition to and including June 30, 2016.
7 2016-04-28Response Requested . (Due May 31, 2016)
6 2016-04-20Brief amici curiae of Profs. Ashutosh Bhagwat, et al. filed. (Distributed)
5 2016-04-19DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 12, 2016.
4 2016-04-06Waiver of right of respondent North Carolina to respond filed.
3 2016-03-21Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 22, 2016)
2 2016-01-20Application (15A757) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until March 21, 2016.
1 2016-01-15Application (15A757) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from February 4, 2016 to March 21, 2016, submitted to The Chief Justice.

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Anne Murray MiddletonNorth CarolinaCounsel of RecordDepartment of Justice Post Office Box 629 Raleigh, NC 27602 amiddleton@ncdoj.com(919) 716-6585respondent
Bruce D. BrownReporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Thomas Jefferson Center for Protection of Free ExpressionAmicusThe Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 1156 15th St., NW, Suite 1250 Washington, DC 20005 bbrown@rcfp.org(202) 795-9300other
Colin A. ClarkState of Louisiana and Twelve Other StatesAmicusDeputy Solicitor General Louisiana State Attorney General's Office 1885 N. Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 clarkc@ag.louisiana.gov(225) 326-6200other
David T. GoldbergLester Gerard PackinghamCounsel of RecordStanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic 559 Nathan Abbott Way Stanford, CA 94305 dgoldberg@law.stanford.edu(650) 498-8229petitioner
Eugene VolokhProfs. Ashutosh Bhagwat, et al.AmicusScott & Cyan Banister First Amendment Clinic UCLA School of Law 405 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90095 volokh@law.ucla.edu(310) 206-3926other
G. Glenn GerdingLester Gerard PackinghamAmicusOffice of the Appellate Defender 123 West Main Street, Suite 500 Durham, NC 27701 glenn.gerding@nccourts.org(919) 354-7210petitioner
John C. Neiman Jr.Council of State Governments, et al.AmicusSolicitor General Office of the Alabama Attorney General 501 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104 jneiman@ago.state.al.us(334) 242-7300other
John J. KorzenAssociation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, et al.AmicusWake Forest University School of Law Appellate Advocacy Clinic P.O. Box 7206 Reynolda Station Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7206 korzenjj@wfu.edu(336) 758-5832other
Jonathan D. HackerThe National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAmicusO'Melveny & Myers LLP 1625 Eye Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20006 jhacker@omm.com(202) 383-5300other
Jonathan ShermanElectronic Frontier Foundation, et al.AmicusBoies Schiller & Flexner LLP 1401 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005 jsherman@bsfllp.com(510) 874-1000other
Marc RotenbergElectronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), et al.AmicusElectronic Privacy Information Center 1718 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 200 Washington, DC 20009 rotenberg@epic.org(202) 483-1140other
Mark C. FlemingCato Institute, et al.AmicusWilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP 60 State Street Boston, MA 02109 mark.fleming@wilmerhale.com(617) 526-6000other
Melissa Arbus SherryStop Child Predators, and Shared Hope InternationalAmicusLatham & Watkins LLP 555 Eleventh Street, NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20004 melissa.sherry@lw.com(202) 637-2200other
Robert C. MontgomeryNorth CarolinaAmicusSenior Deputy Attorney General North Carolina Department of Justice P.O. Box 629 Raleigh, NC 27602 rmont@ncdoj.gov(919) 716-6500respondent
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