Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Full Moon Over Maryland

You would expect this from California, but from the oh-so-proper elitists of the great state of Maryland?
Acquitting a Germantown man who exposed his buttocks during an argument with a neighbor, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday that mooning, while distasteful, is not illegal in Maryland.
Of course, the officiating appeals judge does make a good point:
"If exposure of half of the buttock constituted indecent exposure, any woman wearing a thong at the beach at Ocean City would be guilty," Judge John W. Debelius III said after the bench trial...
But prosecutors countered with a good argument of their own:
"In our minds, this was not a bathing suit scenario," said Barnett, who supervises Montgomery County prosecutors who handle cases in District Court. "This was a grown man exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl."
An excellent point, and one that should have taken precedence in this case. We really should be outraged at this verdict. But I can't help but laugh at the defense attorney's closing statement.
James Maxwell, one of McNealy's attorneys, said yesterday's ruling should "bring comfort to all beachgoers and plumbers" in the state.

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