Getting people to kill themselves is the oldest trick in the book. There ought to be a constitutional law against it. This Article proposes one.“Assailment” means asking, telling, or tempting a person under the age of eighteen to attempt or complete suicide. It also includes extorting or blackmailing a child into suicidal behavior. Such a law is necessary because of the skyrocketing rate of youth suicide. Death Sentence: A Compendium Against Assailment encourages lawmakers to enact an assailment statute. It further tells the stories of 41 completed youth suicides, 15 attempts, and 8 cases of suicidal ideation. The rigors of strict scrutiny demand such depth. See United States v. Alvarez, 567 U.S. 709, 725 (2012) (requiring a direct causal link between a restriction on speech and the injury to be prevented).
John F. Serafine,
Death Sentence: A Compendium Against Assailment,
Lincoln Mem’l U. L. Rev.
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