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Taking Upskirt Photos of Strangers Is Now Legal in Massachusetts, Apparently


(Hey, it’s her own damn fault for wearing a skirt that short and standing above me on the escalator. / Photo courtesy of the author.)

Upskirting” is the time-honored practice of pointing a camera under an unsuspecting lady’s skirt and taking a photo. I’m going to assume you guys already knew that. Though taking upskirts of strangers is generally illegal in this country, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled yesterday that upskirt photos are now totally kosher in the Bay State. As CNN reports:

The high court ruled that the practice did not violate the law because the women who were photographed while riding Boston public transportation were not nude or partially nude.

“A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” wrote Justice Margot Botsford of the state Supreme Judicial Court…

The ruling stems from the case against Michael Robertson, 32, who was arrested in 2010 and accused of using his cell phone to take pictures and record video up the skirts and dresses of women on the trolley, according to court documents…Robertson’s lawyers argued that the female passenger on the trolley was not “nude or partially nude” and was not in a place where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy, according to court documents.

Wow. This is the most embarrassing thing to happen to Massachusetts since Bill Buckner let that ball bounce between his legs, and the ball snapped a cell-phone pic of Buckner’s crotch on the way through. BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS, this is a gross setback for privacy laws, and a legal victory for Boston’s notorious subway-perverts, who are second in the world-rankings only behind Japan. (I’m telling you. They take their work seriously out there.)

The bottom line is this: Snapping photos of women’s crotches on the subway might be legal in Massachusetts now, but do you really want to be that guy?

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(Not cool, bro.)

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