Massachusetts court rules ‘upskirting’ legal; legislature makes it illegal

The state’s high court ruled that state laws allow upskirt pictures of people not ‘nude or partially nude’

Want to create an experiment to see how fast a state legislature can pass new legislation? OK, then here’s what you do. First, you bring a case about “upskirting,” or taking pictures up a person’s skirt, to court. Then, you get the state’s highest court to rule that under the current statutes, the act is actually legal. And... go.

It turns out, in Massachusetts, the turnaround is exactly one day. On Feb. 5, the state’s highest court ruled that the practice was not against state law because the women photographed while riding Boston public transportation were not nude or partially nude.

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