Court: Boston subway creep’s upskirt photos are legal

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In a ruling that elicited a collective WTF, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held last week that Michael Robertson, a man arrested for taking cellphone photos up women’s skirts and dresses, hadn’t done anything illegal because the state’s Peeping Tom laws don’t cover people who are clothed and in public spaces. Fortunately, the state legislature moved quickly to close the loophole and on Friday the governor signed a bill strengthening Massachusetts’ voyeurism laws.

We’re glad that California already has this sorted out. According to a San Diego TV news station, “In California “upskirting” is considered disorderly conduct. The act is secretly videotaping a female or male’s intimate parts without their consent.” Well, then.

Read more about Robertson at SFGate.

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