Friday, March 7, 2014

Massachusetts rules upskirt photos legal, passes bill to outlaw upskirting. Wait, what?


Perverts of the world pumped their fists in celebration on Wednesday when the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled in favor of taking upskirt pictures of a girl without her consent.

Thankfully, their celebration was short-lived since the Massachusetts legislature reacted by passing a bill banning "upskirting" which Governor Deval Patrick has already pledged to sign.

So, what exactly happened up in the land founded by Puritans that allowed upskirt photo snapping perverts to have their moment in the sun?

It all started in 2010 when one Michael Robertson was arrested by transit police for taking upskirt photos of girls on the T with his phone.  Robertson was charged with a law aimed at protecting women from Peeping Toms - and specifically banned voyeurism against women who were "completely or partially undressed".

Perhaps wisely, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Robertson could not have violated this law since the women in question were all fully clothed.  Worse, the court also ruled that going commando wouldn't protect women, either.

Baseball bats, however, would (source)

A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is 'partially nude,' no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” the Court said in its ruling.

Further, the Court declared that state law “does not apply to photographing (or videotaping or electronically surveilling) persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA,"

Reaction and outrage against the Court's by-the-letter-and-not-the-spirit ruling was as swift as a spring breeze through a high school courtyard that upskirt perverts pray for.

On Thursday, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a bill that would immediately update the Peeping Tom law and make upskirting a misdemeanor - and the bill is expected to be passed into law shortly.

So, there you have it.  In just three short days Massachusetts decided that women had no expectation of privacy underneath of their clothes then snapped to it senses and vowed to throw upskirt perverts in jail.

Score one for common sense.