- A criteria courts use to assess the legality of a statute when it touches on a fundamental right or is related to a vulnerable group under the equal protection clause. The court evaluates if the government has a pressing need to enact the law, whether the law is specifically designed to achieve the government's goals, and if there are less intrusive methods to achieve the same ends
- The lawyer argued that the new law should be subjected to strict scrutiny due to its impact on a fundamental right.
- The court applied strict scrutiny to the regulation restricting freedom of speech.
- Given the legislation's potential to discriminate, strict scrutiny was required to ensure equal protection under the law.