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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor 256

Posted by timothy
from the banned-in-boston dept.
Just a day after a Massachusetts court said that current state law didn't specifically address "upskirt" snapshots (and so left taking them legal in itself, however annoying or invasive), an alert Massachusetts legislature has crafted and passed a bill to fix the glitch, and gotten it signed by the governor as well. As reported by the BBC, "The bill states that anyone who 'photographs, videotapes or electronically surveils' a person's sexual or intimate parts without consent should face a misdemeanor charge. The crime becomes a felony - punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine - if the accused secretly takes indecent photographs of anyone under the age of 18." The New York Daily News points out this bill became a law without so much as a public hearing.
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

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  • Re:no surprise (Score:5, Informative)

    by JBMcB (73720) on Saturday March 08, 2014 @12:31PM (#46434637)

    Sure, it'll just cost you $10,000 for a lawyer.

  • Re:no surprise (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 08, 2014 @12:49PM (#46434735)

    Here, you should RTFL:

    https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter272/Section105

    Whoever willfully photographs, videotapes or electronically surveils another person who is nude or partially nude, with the intent to secretly conduct or hide such activity, when the other person in such place and circumstance would have a reasonable expectation of privacy in not being so photographed, videotaped or electronically surveilled, and without that person’s knowledge and consent, shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 21/2 years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

    I really hope that "21/2 years" is a typo on the Mass. legislature's website, and not the actual text of the law.

  • Read this (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 08, 2014 @12:50PM (#46434739)

    You Commit Three Felonies a Day [wsj.com].

    If I look closely at you and your life, I will find something to incriminate you.

    I have NO doubt what-so-ever.

    So, about this being a "slippery-slope absolutist"?

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