Restricting Adult Access to Material Obscene as to Juveniles

This Note considers whether state regulations that restrict juvenile access to material that is obscene as to minors unconstitutionally encroach upon the first amendment rights of adults. Part I briefly describes the Court’s opinion in Ginsberg. Part II introduces the “O’Brien analysis” and discusses the aspects of juvenile access restrictions that tend to make O’Brien scrutiny applicable. In this context the frequently relaxed judicial review of governmental restrictions on sexually related material will be discussed. Having concluded that the O’Brien analysis is applicable to access restrictions, Part III applies the test and ultimately concludes that juvenile access restrictions survive O’Brien scrutiny.