Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Extramarital Sex Could Lead to Life In Prison In Michigan

A story straight out of my home state:

In a ruling sure to make philandering spouses squirm, Michigan's second-highest court says that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.
I don't know what to say. Seems like a harsh punishment. I'd go with a more lenient sentence, and let God really make 'em hurt when the time comes.

I should note, or rather quote, that:
The ruling grows out of a case in which a Charlevoix man accused of trading Oxycontin pills for the sexual favors of a cocktail waitress was charged under an obscure provision of Michigan's criminal law. The provision decrees that a person is guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct whenever "sexual penetration occurs under circumstances involving the commission of any other felony."
No one expects prosecutors to declare open season on cheating spouses.

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