Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nebraska Supreme Court upholds Internet enticement law and rejects defendant's challenge to Section § 28-320.02 RRS Neb. on equal protection, free speech, over breadth and vagueness grounds. State v. Rung, S-08-878, 278 Neb. 855 "Defendant appeals his conviction for use of a computer to entice a child or a peace officer believed to be a child for sexual purposes, a violation of Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-320.02 (Reissue 2008). Defendant challenges the constitutionality of § 28-320.02 and asserts that his sentence is excessive. We reject Defendant’s constitutional challenges, and we affirm his conviction and sentence. Defendant asserts no suspect classification and because the statute does not jeopardize a fundamental right, the classification in § 28-320.02 is subject to a rational basis review for equal protection purposes. When a classification created by state action does not jeopardize the exercise of a fundamental right or categorize because of an inherently suspect characteristic, the Equal Protection Clause requires only that the classification rationally further a legitimate state interest.§ 28-320.02, is geared toward enticement of minors to engage in sexual conduct that would violate specified statutes, and as such, § 28-320.02 does not jeopardize the fundamental right recognized in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558, 123 S. Ct. 2472, 156 L. Ed. 2d 508 (2003). Defendant argued that § 28-320.02 is over broad because it targets speech regarding acts that would not otherwise be illegal. This argument, similar to his other arguments, is based on his misreading of the statute. Defendant lacks standing to challenge § 28-320.02 for vagueness

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