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NY Supreme Court rules against Albany Co. anti-cyberbullying law

Posted July 1st, 2014 @ 12:16pm by 810 & 103.1 WGY

New York's highest court has ruled that a cyberbullying law in Albany County violates Constitutional free speech protections.

The case involves a high school student who anonymously posted photographs of fellow students on Facebook along offensive descriptions of their supposed sexual behavior.  The court ruled that while the teen's actions were "repulsive", the county law is overly broad since the First Amendment protects even "embarrassing" or "annoying" speech.

In a response, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says while he is disappointed that the law was struck down, the court suggested that the intent of the law is laudable. 

McCoy says he will work with the County Legislature to craft new legislation that addresses this decision while protecting children from cyberbullying.

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