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Women in Skirts Have No Expectation of Privacy in Public

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03/14/08

Voyeurism — that's clearly illegal, right? According to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, you are wrong. Since you are in a public place — standing in front of the clothes rack with that oh-so-cute jacket selection — you have no expectation of privacy.
 
Women in Skirts Have No Expectation of Privacy in Public

Interestingly, the state of Washington decided something similar back in 2002. In that case the cops arrested a guy who was going around a local festival and taking pictures up ladies' dresses with the intent of selling them on "voyeur" websites.

What's the rationale here? This seems to make no sense at first glance. It appears to be more of a case of the voyeur law not being applicable, though, and the courts appear to be getting it right as the laws are generally written.

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