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Michael M. v. Superior Court of Sonoma County

Significance, The California Supreme Court's Ruling, The U.s. Supreme Court's Ruling


Michael M.


Superior Court of Sonoma County

Petitioner's Claim

That the California "statutory rape" statute unlawfully discriminated on the basis of gender.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Gregory F. Jilka

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Sandy R. Kriegler

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

23 March 1981


The Court upheld the statute.

Related Cases

  • Kahn v. Shevin, 416 U.S. 351 (1974).
  • Schlesinger v. Ballard, 419 U.S. 498 (1975).
  • Craig v. Boren, 429 U.S. 190 (1976).


Bureau of Justice Statistics Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics--1996. Washington, DC: U.S. Government, 1997.

Further Readings

  • Baer, Judith. Equality Under the Constitution: Reclaiming the Fourteenth Amendment. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1983.
  • Kanowitz, Leo. Equal Rights: The Male Stake. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1981.
  • Kirp, David L., Yudof, Mark G., and Strong Franks, Marlene. Gender Justice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1981 to 1988