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September 21, 2005

I was reading in an Associated Press story about four women arrested in the Town of Moravia in New York State, USA for going topless on a downtown street. Apparently they could spend 15 days in jail and/or be fined $250 after being charged with “exposure.” There is some sort of precedent where a similar charge back in 1992 was thrown out of a city court, then reinstated after a county court overturned the city court’s decision but was permanently dismissed when the New York Court of Appeals upheld the city court’s original decision. Strangely enough, the state police and...

I was reading in an Associated Press story about four women arrested in the Town of Moravia in New York State, USA for going topless on a downtown street. Apparently they could spend 15 days in jail and/or be fined $250 after being charged with “exposure.” There is some sort of precedent where a similar charge back in 1992 was thrown out of a city court, then reinstated after a county court overturned the city court’s decision but was permanently dismissed when the New York Court of Appeals upheld the city court’s original decision. Strangely enough, the state police and the state parks department ignore the 1992 ruling and instead evaluate case by case whether they’ll charge infringing parties.

The Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Charles Thomas is convinced that the previous case from 1992 does not set precedent for allowing women freely to go topless and he’ll argue that the women also were interfering with commerce. The women’s lawyer, Charles Marangola has already filed a motion to dismiss the case. To date, no decision as to the dismissal or verdict against the women has been reached.

All I can say is God Bless America, the so-called land of the free. Here’s the catch, the women in the above story were aged 54, 61, 40 and 40 years old respectively. That’s just the problem with freedom - it isn’t supposed to discriminate. For example, a sexy young thing like Paris Hilton becomes a star after the release of an illicit sex video, while Janet Jackson is touted as an over-the-hill pop has-been for a minor “wardrobe malfunction.” It seems one woman’s right to embracing feminine freedom is another man’s interference with commerce. Nevertheless, I am sure the Town of Moravia would see more of a boon than a (brace yourself for a painful pun) bust if the whole of downtown went topless!

Posted by Will Peters at September 21, 2005 8:51 PM

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