Archive for July, 2017

Seeking Facebook Experts

Monday, July 17th, 2017

The National Center for Reason and Justice has long sponsored the case of Joseph Allen and Nancy Smith.

Both were acquitted by a judge some years ago. Nancy Smith was allowed to remain free, but Joseph Allen was sent back to prison.

The crimes Joseph didn’t commit were considered more serious than the crimes Nancy didn’t commit.

I can think of no worse travesty of justice that I have encountered in my years of activism.

You can read about the case here and here.

One of Joseph’s most tireless advocates is Dr. Bernard Rosenthal. (Who also happens to be a leading expert on the actual Salem witch hunt.) Dr. Rosenthal wants to use Facebook to increase public awareness of this injustice. And he is seeking help.

If you know your way around Facebook and are willing to help with this important work, you can email Dr. Rosenthal at

Supreme Court unanimously overturns North Carolina’s ban on social-media use by sex offenders

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

“[T]he State may not enact this complete bar to the exercise of First Amendment rights on websites integral to the fabric of our modern society and culture. It is well established that, as a general rule, the Government “may not suppress lawful speech as the means to suppress unlawful speech.” … That is what North Carolina has done here. Its law must be held invalid.”

Read the article by David Post in the Washington Post.