Louisiana not appealing rejection of Facebook ban

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state of Louisiana has decided not to appeal a federal judge's decision to throw out a state law that prohibited certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who pushed for the ban, had repeatedly said the state would challenge the ruling.

But Marjorie Esman, head of the ACLU of Louisiana, said Thursday that the organization received a $65,000 state check reimbursing its legal fees and acknowledging the state won't appeal the ruling.

In the current legislative session, Jindal has backed a proposal to rewrite the law to more narrowly define what sites are banned, with hopes it could withstand a court challenge. The judge said the law was too broad and would effectively ban those sex offenders from the Internet.

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