Minnesota Court of Appeals finds “revenge porn” law unconstitutional

In an opinion released today, the state’s appeals court decided what is known as the “revenge porn” law was unconstitutional.

In the statute, it is illegal to intentionally distribute identifiable nude photographs without the photographed subject’s consent. The statute was passed in the 2016 state legislative session.

In a Dakota County court, Michael Cassilas’ defense claimed that the statute was a violation of his First Amendment rights. The district court threw that out, because the statute is intended for obscenity, which the First Amendment does not protect.

In the opinion released today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals found the statute was “facially overbroad,  in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

Read the entire opinion here: REVENGE PORN LAW OVERTURNED

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear the case next, to determine the future of the statute.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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