The state of Georgia just said it is not illegal to take photos up women’s skirts
The state of Georgia just affirmed that it is totally legal for someone to take a photo up a person’s skirt in public without her consent.
According to CBS46, the Court of Appeals in the state ruled that the invasion of privacy laws do not cover taking an “upskirt photo” in a public place.
The only time the privacy law would take effect is if she was “behind closed doors”, in a private resident, bathroom stall or dressing room.
The ruling comes as various people have been arrested for taking such photos in public, the judge acknowledged a specific case where Brandon Lee Gary, a Publix shop assistant who was accused of taking photos up a shopper’s skirt.
The judges admitted that “No law currently exists which criminalizes Gary’s reprehensible conduct.”
They said the wording of the law means it does not protect women against people who take photos up the skirts of women, and that legislators should seek to change the language.
Georgia State University Law Professor, Tanya Washington, told CBS46 she was disappointed in the ruling.
“You’ve given people license to continue this kind of behavior until the next legislative session which is not until next year,” she said.
Senator Vincent Fort said he planned to take the issue up in the next legislative session, but that won’t be until at least spring 2017.
Various other states do not specifically crimialise taking upskirt photos.