Did the Supreme Court say that all ‘Son of Sam’ laws were unconstitutional?

Friday, June 4, 2004

No, the Court reserved judgment on other “Son of Sam” laws. “The Federal Government and many of the States have enacted statutes designed to serve purposes similar to those served by the Son of Sam law,” the Court wrote. “Some of these statutes may be quite different from New York’s, and we have no occasion to determine the constitutionality of these other laws.” This presents the possibility that a “Son of Sam” law that is crafted more narrowly and with more precision than the New York law could survive constitutional review by the Supreme Court.