If you wore a skirt while riding the Green Line, you were basically asking for it…
Without speaking those exact words, that's what Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court said by ruling on Wednesday that the man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate any state law - because the women were not nude or partially nude!
EXCUSE US?! Privacy fail!
After the SJC overruled a lower court that charged Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by police after using his cell to take pics up the skirts of unknowing females - women everywhere went into a frenzy!
Thus proving that fast changes to the state's "Peeping Tom" law need to be changed!
Before today, it specified that photos/video must be voyeuristic of partially nude people, failing to protect clothed victims (including skirted ladies) in public.
But now, Senate President Therese Murray is revealing that 36 hours later, the court has changed their mind—making the privacy violation a misdemeanor:
"I am proud of the Senate for taking action today to restore a women's right to privacy. We are sending a message that to take a photo or video of a woman under her clothing is morally reprehensible and, in Massachusetts, we will put you in jail for doing it. We will need to revisit this law again and again as technology continues to evolve and ensure that we are providing the necessary protections."
Let's hear it for females, legs, and skirts EVERYWHERE!
We're so happy gams can roam free without fear of violation!
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