Thursday, January 05, 2006

Moon Over Maryland

How could I forget to mention Tuesday's ruling by a Maryland judge in a case of a man who mooned a woman and her 8-year-old daughter? After an argument broke out between 44-year-old Raymond McNealy and Nanette Vonfeldt last summer (regarding a homeowners' association meeting), McNealy decided to end things by mooning her while she was accompanied by her daughter. At issue before Judge John Debelius III was whether this constituted indecent exposure. Debelius called the act "disgusting" and "demeaning," but again, in the end, did not deem it indecent exposure, which, according to an appeals court in another case, "relates to a person's genitals."

On the one hand, Judge Debelius is right that "If exposure of half of the buttock constituted indecent exposure, any woman wearing a thong at the beach at Ocean City would be guilty." On the other hand, the prosecutor argued, "This was not a bathing suit scenario. This was a grown man exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl."

I'd like to add that a man in a thong should definitely be charged with indecent exposure and prosecuted to the fullest extent. I've been to the Caribbean and I still have nightmares.

Puns I spared Galley readers in this post:

"half-assed argument"

"behind the times"

"to the rear of the courtroom"

"backdoor policy"

"turn the other cheek"


Anonymous said...

Were you able to "get behind" the judge's ruling? And is it true that the working title of your post was "There butt for the grace of God go I"?

Mpls, MN

Ralphie said...

Surely this is the bottom story of the day.

Bizarro Jack said...

I hereby declare every January 4th to be "Moon your home owner's association" day.

Anonymous said...

Thought you would like the commentary over at Potpourri for $500 on this subject.

Dave S. said...

Great minds think alike. My posting on this was titled "Moon Over, Uh, Germantown."

I am also of the opinion that Spandex and Speedos should be regulated as controlled substances.

Anonymous said...

Victorino, you missed the best line in the story:

"McNealy attorney James Maxwell said the Debelius ruling should 'bring comfort to all beachgoers and plumbers' in the state."

Edward Willett said...

There's a terrifying (but very funny) song by Canadian comic music group The Arrogant Worms ( which is all about efforts of Caribbean vacationers to escape the nightmarish apparition of the "fat man in a Speedo." It ends with them celebrating his departure, only to see a plane land. The last line: "Fifty fat German men, and they're all wearing Speedos!"

The song's title? "Really Scary."

Anonymous said...

Yep, that's my neighborhood.