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S.S. and L.B. v. State
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
299 A.2d 560 (1973)
The state (plaintiff) filed a petition alleging the minors S.S. and L.B. (defendants) were living in circumstances of manifest danger of falling into habits of vice or immorality under the statute of 15 M.R.S.A. 2552. The appellate court lacked a clear record from the trial court level of the specific acts or conduct of S.S. and L.B. supporting the assertions in the state’s petitions. S.S. and L.B. appealed the trial court adjudicating S.S. and L.B. guilty of the status offense of living in circumstances of manifest danger of falling into habits of vice or immorality to the supreme court, claiming 15 M.R.S.A. 2552 was unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Pomeroy, J.)
Dissent (Dufresne, C.J.)
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