The march of human rights progresses! Apparently, in the state of Maryland, to moon someone may be tacky, but it's not a crime. How did this come up? Because at the end of a long-simmering dispute with a fellow member of his home owner's association, Raymond McNealy dropped his drawers as a final rebuttal (*rimshot* - I'll be here all week, try the veal). Also present was the target's 8-year old daughter. McNealy was prosecuted for indecent exposure, but was acquitted after a bench trial. The trial judge let it be known in no uncertain terms what he thought of McNealy's debating technique:
[The judge] made clear his disdain for the defendant, calling the alleged act "disgusting" and "demeaning." The outcome could have been different, he suggested, if the man had been on trial for "being a jerk."Thank goodness. If being an asshole were a crime, we'd have to double the size of our office! But hey, at least someone's having fun with this:
James Maxwell, one of McNealy's attorneys, said yesterday's ruling should "bring comfort to all beachgoers and plumbers" in the state.Har har.