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Upskirt photo case tossed out: Creepshots don’t violate women’s privacy, judge rules

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A Virginia man facing charges of voyeurism after taking ‘upskirt’ photos of women at the Lincoln Memorial had his case dismissed by a female judge who stated that women should have no expectation of privacy in a public place.

According to ABC 7, D.C. Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna ruled in favor of Christopher Cleveland of Springfield, Virginia, tossing out numerous photos of women’s crotches and buttocks found on Cleveland’s camera presented as evidence by prosecutors.

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Cleveland was arrested by U.S. Park Officers in June of 2013 after being observed photographing women wearing dresses who were seated above him on the Lincoln Memorial steps.

Judge McKenna dismissed the charges against Cleveland, writing, “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.”

Explaining the reasoning behind her decision, McKenna wrote, “The images captured were not ‘incidental glimpses’ and in fact were images that were exposed to the public without requiring any extraordinary lengths whatsoever, to view.”

McKenna added that, while Cleveland’s actions were not illegal, she found them unsettling.

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“The fact that the Defendant was intentionally photographing publicly exposed areas of women’s clothed and unclothed bodies … is repellent and disturbing,” she wrote.

A Texas court recently threw out a law banning upskirt photos, stating the photos  are “inherently expressive” – like paintings, films, and books – and are protected by the First Amendment.

In Massachusetts, the State Supreme Court threw out a case against a man accused of taking upskirt photos of women on a Boston subway train, citing a loophole in the state’s recently enacted Peeping Tom Law stating that the law “does not apply to photographing… persons who are fully clothed.”

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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Michigan Republicans thank ‘Uncle Ted’ Nugent for testifying after he says their state ‘doesn’t qualify as America’

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Republican lawmakers in Michigan invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to testify even though he has said the state "doesn't qualify as America."

In testimony on the Michigan state House floor on Tuesday, Nugent spoke in support of a bill that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting. The ban was put in place in 2018 due to suspicions that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was being spread through piles of bait.

For his part, Nugent argued that the ban was ineffective because deer are "swapping spit."

"If they think they can stop deer from swapping spit, they're idiots," Nugent testified, according to The Detroit News.

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NY judge kicked off the bench after suggesting nooses are needed to ‘make America great again’

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A judge in upstate New York has been forced off the bench after he posted an image of a noose on his personal Facebook account -- and suggested it was needed to help "make America great again."

The Washington Post reports that officials on Tuesday revealed that Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge, was relieved of his duties after the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that his Facebook post showed an unacceptable level of political and racial bias.

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