Court: Upskirt Photos Are Legal in Massachusetts

by William White | March 6, 2014 10:47 am

Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court, ruled on Wednesday[1], that upskirt photos are legal in the state.

NewLetters Court: Upskirt Photos Are Legal in Massachusetts[2]
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The court’s ruling wasn’t a result of the judges’ moral beliefs on the subject of upskirt photos, but was instead the result of poor wording in the state’s law. According to Massachusetts law, people are only protected by Peeping Tom laws concerning photographs if they are “nude or partially nude” in a dressing room or bathroom. As such, the law does not protect women in public who have upskirt photos taken of them due to the fact that they are fully dressed, reports The Kansas City Star.

“There could be challenges, saying, ‘You know what? They were not really nude in that part of the picture,’” Anne Bremner, a legal expert from Seattle, Wash., told ABC News[3]. “That statute really talks about somebody’s nudity and not their privacy.”

The ruling from Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court has resulted in lawmakers promising to amend the law. Prosecutors are hoping that those lawmakers will be able to have the law updated by the end of this legislative session, The Kansas City Star notes.

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Endnotes:
  1. ruled on Wednesday: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/05/4867792/mass-court-subway-upskirt-photos.html
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  3. ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/US/massachusetts-upskirt-ruling-clears-man-photos/story?id=22795367

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