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Mass. upskirt photos ruled legal by state's high court for now

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Mass. upskirt photos were deemed to be legal according to the state's Supreme Judicial Court in a very controversial ruling. According to I4U on Mar. 7, state legislators vow to update law.

It was a clear cut case of voyeurism. The lenient stance taken by the judge was simply due to no such existent law condemning the crime.

The Mass. upskirt photos case would have resulted in a fine of $5,000 to $10,000 and up to 2 and a half years in jail. The court ruled that since the photos were not nudes, the law did not apply. This has prompted lawmakers to scramble to come up with something fast in response to public outrage.

Legislators in the State House on Beacon Hill promise to do something to prevent future Mass. upskirt photos. Under the existing state law this type of photography is clearly legal. A new law to prevent the practice known as "upskirting" is expected to be enacted by Friday of this week.

This lawsuit stemmed from the case of a man who took surreptitious photos of women riding the subway in Boston without their knowledge or consent. Two measures are pending to address this, which were first introduced in January 2013.

What do you think about the Mass. upskirt photos story? Please drop in your comments below.

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