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114 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 1 (2019)

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Copyright 2019 by Kelsey K. Chetosky                            Vol. 114
Northwestern University Law Review




MINNESOTA V MUCCIO: THE CONSTITUTIONALITY
      OF MINNESOTA'S SEXUAL GROOMING LAW


                                                   Kelsey K Chetosky

     ABSTRACT-Grooming a child for a sexual act is dangerous behavior
that should be outlawed. However, state grooming laws, when drafted too
broadly, run the risk of violating the First Amendment. This Comment
examines a recent constitutional challenge to a Minnesota electronic
grooming statute and argues that the Minnesota Supreme Court applied the
wrong standard of review. The Court failed to apply strict scrutiny and thus
upheld an overbroad statute in violation of First Amendment doctrine. This
Comment also suggests a simple revision to bring the Minnesota statute in
line with the Constitution and offers model legislation for other states
interested in enacting a sexual grooming statute.

     AUTHOR-J.D. Candidate, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law,
2019; B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014. I would like
to thank Professor Victoria Nourse for guiding me through the first drafts of
this Comment, and for helping shape the research and analysis. Additional
thanks to Professor Jason DeSanto for his insight and thoughts. Finally, I
would like to express my sincerest thanks to the Northwestern University
Law Review staff for their help in editing and producing this piece. All errors
are my own.

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