A frisky British couple got busted a few weeks back for having sex in the Dominoes lobby while they waited for their pizza. Their escapade got caught on the store’s surveillance camera, and eventually came to the attention of authorities. They were charged with acts that outraged public decency. The couple, Daniella Hirst, 29, and her boyfriend, Craig Smith, 31, seemed to revel in the exposure, even posing for some flirty pictures for the media. Clearly, much booze was involved.
Their tuned changed when the went before the court. Hirst pleaded guilty while Smith was found guilty after an evidentiary hearing. Yesterday they appeared for sentencing, and were ultimately spared jail. However, they got 12 months of supervision, including 23 weeks of in-home curfew, which may significantly inhibit their romantic adventures.
The video is below- needless to say NSFW (not safe for work)
No matter how rich you are, even if you have a gold fleet of supercars, you still have to obey the rules of the road. A Saudi millionaire who made news when he brought four Gold-Plated cars to London made the news again when they all got tickets where he had parked them on the street. Something tells me the guy who buys multiple cars that cost more than half a million dollars isn’t going to be worried about a couple hundred dollars in tickets.
Just after my extensive discussion of the language parsing in the amended stalking statute, Josh Zerkle shared this article from Europe on Facebook. Matthew Woods made some tasteless jokes on Facebook, and got himself 3 months in a youthful offender’s lockup. I haven’t seen the jokes, but I don’t care how terrible they are, he should not be prosecuted for his statements, particularly when they were meant to be satirical in nature. I don’t think Gilbert Gottfried should have been fired for his tasteless tsunami joke, but I respect the right of his employer to do so. However, for the government to try to regulate thought by punishing unsavory comments, we lose the discourse that is essential to a free society. Restrictions on expression are one of the key ways that governments are able to oppress people around the world. We should be a long way from this happening in the United States, thanks to our Second Amendment, but there is always a risk. What if someone were to take a joke as threatening, regardless of the intent or ability to carry out a threat… it could become criminal based solely on how it is received. That’s a stretch, I realize, but a reminder as why we must be vigilant at protecting our right to express ourselves, by standing up for even those we disagree with.