Judge Rules Up-Skirt Photos Don’t Violate Privacy

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A Washington, D.C., Superior Court judge has dismissed a case brought against a man named Christopher Cleveland that claimed he took up-skirt photos of women without their consent. It’s not that he didn’t take the photos — he did; the police caught him with several on his camera — but instead that doing so isn’t illegal.

Cleveland was arrested in July 2013 by U.S. Park Police when they noticed he was taking photos of women in dresses who were standing above him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But apparently, wearing a comfortable dress at a national monument leaves you open to becoming the victim of legal creep shots.

This Court finds that no individual clothed and positioned in such a manner in a public area in broad daylight in the presence of countless other individuals could have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” Judge Juliet McKenna wrote in her ruling. 

Because Cleveland did not go to “extraordinary lengths” to capture the images, McKenna argued, the charges should be thrown out.

So happy I’m wearing pants today.

(Hat tip Daily Dot.)