Massachusetts approves bill to ban upskirt pics

After a case that seemed to defy any sense that might be common, the Massachusetts legislature speeds through a bill that would classify upskirt pics as sexual harassment.

Michael Robertson, who was accused of taking upskirt photos on the Boston subway. CNN/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

When your legal system shows its skirts to ill effect, you have to cover up the mess.

What is odd is that in Massachusetts, politicians actually sprinted to high velocity to amend a law that, the state's highest court confirmed, allowed upskirt pictures taken with cell phones.

As the Boston Globe reports, the state legislature passed a bill on Thursday that would classify upskirt pictures as plainly illegal.

Senate President Therese Murray told a press conference: "It is sexual harassment. It is an assault on another person. Women and children should be able to go to public places without feeling like they are not protected by the law."

The swiftness of this action follows a ruling by the state's Supreme Judicial Court that peeping tom laws don't cover upskirt pictures because the women involved aren't in a state of undress.

The case involved 31-year-old Michael Robertson, who allegedly held his cell phone at waist height to achieve the perfect angle for invasive photography.

The rapidly approved bill now only needs the signature of Governor Deval Patrick.

 

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