There are certain requirements that must be met in order for a criminal law to be constitutional. Any city recently enacted an ordinance prohibiting “all animals on school grounds.” Any person who violates the ordinance can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. ABC college has an onsite day care. Jane, who is a student at ABC college, uses the daycare for her son who is 2 years old. She brings her son’s stuffed animal to school. Jane is arrested and charged with violating the ordinance. She challenges the constitutionality of the ordinance.
Based on the constitutional limitations addressed in chapter 1, is the law constitutional? What authority does any city have to pass this ordinance? Defend your position.
The focus of the question is to think about the constitutional limitations not whether it is a good idea to restrict animals on school grounds or if the punishment is too strict.