Even though he was jailed for using the Internet to try to hook up with an underage girl, a federal appeals court ruled that a Maryland man should not be banned from using a computer.
Mark Wayne Russell of Columbia was arrested in a 2006 sex sting trying to meet someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. As part of his sentence, Russell was ordered not to own or use a computer for any reason for 30 years after his release from prison.
A three-judge panel agreed with Russell's lawyers, who'd argued that the restriction was too harsh, because it's often necessary to use a computer to apply for or work at many jobs.
The 30-year ban would hinder Russell's rehabilitation, the judges decided.