Yahoo news ran the story yesterday ACLU: Sex in Restroom Stalls Is Private, The ACLU has taken on the appeal of that Idaho senator who sought a little oral pleasure at an airport this summer. Their argument relies on a case heard 38 years ago where the state ruled one had “a reasonable expectation of privacy” when they had sex in closed stalls.
Oh sweet lord, I nearly spit up my morning coffee with this one. What the hell…an expectation of privacy to having sex in a public bathroom? I honestly thought it was illegal. I expect to have a privacy so I can do my business, get in and get out. The only noise I want to hear is the plop plop whiz whiz what a relief it is. When I go into a public restroom with my kids I certainly expect the bathroom will be just what it is intended for, not walk in a sex show. Not that I’m a prude but some things I don’t want to walk in on, something I certainly don’t want my kids to be exposed to.
After reading the article in more detail and looking at a few other sources I understand their argument. The senator was arrested for an alleged invasion of privacy. They argue “The government cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Senator Craig was inviting the undercover officer to engage in anything other than sexual intimacy that would not have called attention to itself in a closed stall in the public restroom,”. Interesting twist and good use of shepardizing. Although not a CA or LA specific case it could have interesting ramifications elsewhere as it moves along.
About a month ago there was a big prostitution arrest operation in the SGV based on ads on Craigslist. Just a little curious I took at Criag’s list and found plenty of “escorts”, but more alarming was the number of ads for meeting in bathrooms at department stores, colleges and parks. Aye aye aye…nothing like alerting vice to your intentions in such a public manner.
We’ve all seen the busts over the years for sex in the parks in the paper. Griffith Park seems to lead the pack, likely because it is so huge and central. My question to you readers do you think there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy” to have sex in a closed restroom stall? Is it different between public property or private property like a department store?
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