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NATION IN BRIEF : NEW YORK : Court Rules Car Sex Is OK if Not Visible

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Sex in a parked car is allowed as long as no one is likely to see you, New York state’s top court ruled. The Court of Appeals threw out charges of public lewdness against three women arrested in Buffalo in separate incidents in 1989. The court, ruling 6 to 1, said the parked cars were not a “public place” under state law because it was early morning, it was dark out and casual passersby were unlikely to see what the couples were doing. The men involved also had been charged with public lewdness, but their cases did not go to the appellate court.


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