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Michael M. v. Superior Court of Sonoma County

United States Supreme Court
450 U.S. 464 (1981)


Under California law, statutory rape occurs when a male has sexual intercourse with a female under the age of eighteen who is not his wife. Therefore, a male may be convicted of statutory rape while a female may not. Michael M. (defendant) was an underage male who was convicted under the California statute for having sexual intercourse with an underage female. He challenged his conviction in California state court on the grounds that the statutory rape law violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. The trial court upheld his conviction, and the court of appeals affirmed. The California Supreme Court reversed on the grounds that the statute unfairly discriminated against males. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)

Concurrence (Stewart, J.)

Concurrence (Blackmun, J.)

Dissent (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

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