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Senator Seeks To Criminalize 'Upskirting' In New Jersey

Senator Tom Kean Jr. has introduced a bill that would criminalize the act of secretly photographing people, particularly women, under their clothes known as 'upskirting' in New Jersey.

Senator Tom Kean Jr. has introduced a bill that would criminalize the act of secretly photographing people, particularly women, under their clothes known as 'upskirting' in New Jersey.   

The bill comes just weeks after Massachusetts' highest court ruled in an 'upskirting' case that the practice is not illegal if the person being photographed is neither 'nude' or 'partially nude', no matter the state of dress underneath their clothes. 

This has since caused a stir among lawmakers, such as Kean, who have deemed the ruling outdated in comparison to todays modern technology and are responding by signing their own 'upskirting' bans into place. 

“We must do everything possible to protect women in New Jersey from this sickening act, which like other offensive actions involving photos or videos has the potential to be popularized by the internet if that hasn’t happened here already,” said Kean in a press release sent out by New Jersey Senate Republicans. “We need to make it clear that this is an illegal act in New Jersey that will not be tolerated.”

According to the press release, Kean is exploring all options for criminalizing 'upskirting', such as adding a provision to New Jersey’s invasion of privacy statute. 

To read more about the Massachusetts court ruling check out CNN's coverage below: 

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal
Upskirt Ban in Massachusetts Signed Into Law 



Me March 26, 2014 at 03:59 PM
@Holden, how's your brother Jack MaGroin? He doing ok? And will this bill include "down the blouse" shots? Because tall men taking photos will be screwed.
Citizen of America March 26, 2014 at 05:45 PM
The Patch should hire Mr MaGroin as an investigative reporter so that he can go deeper into this issue. This has Pulitzer potential.
Pad March 26, 2014 at 06:51 PM
These idiot politicians have too much time on their hands if this is all they are worried about. Highest taxes in the nation, state is practically bankrupt, credit rating is in the toilet, bridgegate scandal etc. Wonder who the first politician arrested under this law will be?
Michele Guttenberger March 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM
It's great to see how a few brave senators are tackling the complex problems that New Jersey is facing down under.
Paul March 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Citizen of America did you err when you wrote that Mr. MaGroin should investigate deeper into the issue? I thought he should investigate deeper into the "tissue" as in skin tissue. I am going to start my own investigation into these web sites right now. I should be back in around 5 minutes with my results.

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