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Tuesday, January 16, 2007 

Life Sentence Possible for Adultery in Michigan

Because right wing state legislators have no idea what they are doing, Michigan's second-highest court stated that technically, anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

How did Michigan manage to pass such puritanical legislation? Well, the State government wanted to prosecute a defendant in a drug case as a sex offender for taking sexual intercourse as payment for illegal drug sales.

The State made use of an obscure law that made any sexual penetration during the commission of a felony the same kind of sexual offense as rape and molestation, regardless of whether the sex was consensual or not. Among the many crimes Michigan still recognizes as felonies, is adultery, although no one in Michigan has been convicted of that offense since 1971.

Legislatures often write laws badly, even laws with good intent. The Michigan legislature should revisit this provision in its penal code immediately. They should repeal the Bill and then hang their heads in shame for being complete and utter reactionary idiots.

-detroit free press.com

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