6.08.2011

Something to Ponder, Should Congressman Weiner be charged with a crime as well as resign?

Behind the Closed Door.
                                                         By Scott Hall  



Congressman Weiner, a name well known throughout the media, late night talk show jokes, parodies on the covers of magazines, and of course the social network, Twitter.  Many are calling for his resignation.    Fact is that Congressman Weiner, did in fact commit a violation of the law, on multiple levels.  Here is why the Congressman should not only resign, but face possible prosecution.


     The Congressman “Tweeted” some photographs of himself and lied about what he had in fact done, both pre and post marriage.  Photos of parts of his body and poses that, were both offensive and lewd in nature.  Most whom have seen those pictures or have heard those stories will have a good chuckle, but make no mistake, the Congressman violated a law in Washington DC, and other than losing his job, if that is not enough, he could also be charged with a crime.  While watching the News casts, I decided to do some research, and this is what was discovered in searching for the Indecent Exposure Laws of Washington DC.

22-1312. Lewd, Search Term Begin indecent, Search Term End or obscene acts.
(a) It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to make any obscene or Search Term Begin indecent exposure Search Term End of his or her person, or to make any lewd, obscene, or Search Term Begin indecent Search Term End sexual proposal in the District of Columbia under penalty of not more than $300 fine, or imprisonment of not more than 90 days, or both, for each and every such offense.
(b) Any person or persons who shall commit an offense described in subsection (a) of this section, knowing he or she or they are in the presence of a child under the age of 16 years, shall be punished by imprisonment of not more than 1 year, or fined in an amount not to exceed $1,000, or both, for each and every such offense

     The Law mentioned above comes direct from the Crime and Punishment Section of Washington DC Laws.  Something to ponder, while we chuckle under our breaths at the Congressman’s lack of good judgment, no doubt there were kids whom receive twitter posts on their mobile phones, possibly age 15, whom may have seen the photo’s through friend sharing, or as a “LOL” moment.  Since the Congressman sent more than one photo, each photo could be held as a “count” against him.  The only question I have in this case is, did the women whom he sent those pictures to, proposition him first, or was this all one sided by the Congressman.

Link to the Laws of Washington DC


Once at this link, you will see a clickable section for the Codes governing Washington DC, Query search for Indecent Exposure, or copy and paste this link to go directly to the code itself mentioned in this article.

http://weblinks.westlaw.com/result/default.aspx?action=Search&cfid=1&cnt=DOC&db=DC%2DST%2DWEB&eq=search&fmqv=c&fn=%5Ftop&method=WIN&n=1&origin=Search&query=Indecent+Exposure&rlt=CLID%5FQRYRLT113454492186&rltdb=CLID%5FDB531922492186&rlti=1&rp=%2Fsearch%2Fdefault%2Ewl&rs=GVT1%2E0&service=Search&sp=dcc%2D1000&srch=TRUE&ss=CNT&sskey=CLID%5FSSSA191922492186&sv=Split&vr=2%2E0

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