Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Moon over Maryland

Another silly case...

(Slightly edited from the original report in the Detroit News:)

A Maryland judge has ruled that mooning is a cheeky yet legitimate form of communication. "With hard work, we cracked the case, no buts about it," lawyer James Maxwell said of his legal victory last week.

Last June, exasperated by a feud involving a homeowners association, Raymond McNealy, 44, of Germantown, Md. felt moved to moon his neighbor Nanette Vonfeldt, a Member of the association's board, who was accompanied by her 8-year-old daughter.

McNealy was tried for indecent exposure and found guilty last fall. His Misbegotten moon could have cost him three years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

After an automatic appeal, last week the verdict was reversed.

In ruling that buttocks are never "private parts" to fit the crime of indecent exposure, Circuit Court Judge John Debelius III said, "If exposure of half of the buttock constituted indecent exposure, any woman wearing a thong at the beach at Ocean City would be guilty."

- Garry J. Wise
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