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Ind. won't challenge sex offender-Facebook ruling

Indiana won't ask a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that overturned a state law banning convicted sex offenders from social networking websites.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday in a statement that "the appeal is at an end" because state lawmakers are currently in the process of repealing and replacing the state's previous law.

Zoeller said there would be no point in appealing the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling further because an "updated statute protecting children might well be in place before an appeal could be argued."

The appellate court said in January that the 2008 law was too broad and violated freedom of speech.

State lawmakers are currently rewriting the law to try to make it conform to constitutional limits.

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