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Mooning in Maryland
Mooning in Maryland
I never realized that mooning might actually be illegal in my own stomping grounds but I do see how it might fall into the "indecent exposure" category of criminal activities.
Somehow I just stumbled across this story. Probably in thinkibng about these other discussions of full moons around here.
I need to get cracking on that final episode of the bermuda Toilet Trinagle!
Jan 5, 2006
ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Maryland man charged with flashing his bare buttocks at his neighbor during an argument has avoided a possible three year prison sentence after a judge ruled that the act was tasteless, but legal.
Judge John W. Debelius III - overturning an earlier decision by another judge - said what Raymond Hugh McNealy reportedly did was a "disgusting" and "demeaning" act. But it was not illegal. "If exposure of half of the buttock constituted indecent exposure, any woman wearing a thong at the beach at Ocean City would be guilty," Debelius said.
McNealy's neighbour, Nanette Vonfeldt, accused him of yelling at her and threatening to "blow up my building" as she and her daughter walked out of their apartment. The two had a heated meeting the night before at the home owner's association, according to McNealy's lawyers, and McNealy wanted Vonfeldt off the board, The Washington Post reported in its Wednesday edition.
"Then, for whatever reason, in full view of my daughter, he mooned us," Vonfeldt wrote in court documents, referring to the act of flashing the bare buttocks.
McNealy was charged with indecent exposure, a charge upheld by a trial court judge. But McNealy appealed, arguing that state law only covers displays of a person's "private parts," which does not include the buttocks.
His lawyers cited a 1983 case of a woman arrested in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with only a cardboard sign on the front of her body. An appeals court later ruled indecent exposure only relates to a person's genitals.
Prosecutors disagreed, saying Maryland law is ambiguous.
"This was not a bathing suit scenario," said Montgomery County prosecutor Dan Barnett. "This was a grown man exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl."
McNealy lawyer James Maxwell said the Debelius ruling should "bring comfort to all beachgoers and plumbers" in the state.
1/17/2006 8:13 pm
Yes ... I didn't think I would comment on this; though I sent the link to some friends. |
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1/18/2006 12:05 am
At lleast someone commented. I didn't thibk anyonen one would but such is par for the course for my cornewr of the world here.|