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Justice, Skirted

March 24, 2008

…from Paul Jacob, of the Sam Adams Alliance:

Two years ago in Oklahoma, Riccardo Gino Ferrante was arrested for aiming a camera up a 16-year-old girl’s skirt while in a Target store. He was arrested and convicted of a felony.

Unfortunately, in mid-March four-fifths of Oklahoma’s Court of Criminal Appeals voted that no felony occurred.


Because “the person photographed was not in a place where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Now, being in a public place does remove or decrease one’s expectation of privacy. But ought that extend even to the private space within one’s clothing?

The court answered in the affirmative. As Judge Gary Lumpkin wrote in his dissent, “It is open season for peeping Toms in public places who want to look under a woman’s dress.”

This is judicial common sense in the age of Britney Spears? At least there’s still the knuckle-sandwich penalty someone might get.

If our court system can’t get this one right, everyone should agree that something’s wrong.

The judiciary must be independent. But it must be independent of the other branches of government, not detached from common sense, or all semblance of sanity.

Oklahoma legislators now seek to outlaw currently court-protected invasive and gutter photography. Should they also consider random intelligence testing for the judiciary? They have more than probable cause.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob. (Click here to listen to an MP3 File of this episode of Common Sense)

(Also see FoxNews: Court Drops Case of ‘Peeping Tom’ in Target; Says Victim Was Not in Private Place)

Duncan City Council to Discuss Banning Baggy Pants

October 9, 2007


(Duncan) Cities and towns in America have been outlawing baggy pants. It’s been done in Louisiana, talked about in Atlanta and Dallas – and now, Duncan. It’s in the works and on the agenda at Tuesday’s city council meeting. They’re discussing an ordinance that would make it illegal to wear your pants so low that either your skin or underwear shows.

The city said several people had complained about baggy pants, which prompted the proposal. What makes Duncan’s proposal a little different is this – if someone under 16 years old gets caught, the parent will pay the fine and get slapped with community service.

The fashion started in prison, but the trend has spread among youth. “What is against community standards? That’s what you have to really look at,” says Duncan’s City Manager Clyde Shaw. Duncan Public Schools already ban saggy pants, but once kids are off school property, it’s another story. Read more…