United States v. Herndon, No. 18–50541 (5th Cir. 2020)
Nature of Case: Appellant was convicted of federal sex offenses and the district court imposed a number of conditions of supervised release, including lifetime bans on accessing the internet. Appellant sought review of these conditions.
Holding: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated all of the conditions that the district court imposed and remanded for re-sentencing. The district court failed to articulate reasons supporting lifetime bans on conditions restricting possessing computers and internet access. Even without objection, the 5th Circuit found that these conditions were not reasonable and that even if the district court did articulate reasons for their imposition that such sweeping conditions of supervised release would not be appropriate.