Nevada ban on criminals profiting from biographies held unconstitutional

[JURIST] The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a law prohibiting criminals from profiting from sales of their memoirs controverted constitutional rights to free speech. The so-called "Son of Sam" law was deemed too broad, despite the state's compelling interests in preventing profiteering for criminal misconduct and compensating victims of crime. Justice Maupin wrote in the Tuesday opinion that "the primary impediment to [the law's] validity stems from its potential application to works only partially or tangentially related to the crime committed," and would therefore unduly limit free speech. The full text of the Nevada Supreme Court opinion can be found here. The Las Vegas Sun has more.

 

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