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Is having amorous relations with a deceased ungulate a crime? Should it be?

The lawyer of a man accused of carnal activity with a dead deer says no, at least to the first question (registration may be required).

Hathaway called it a dead deer, Boughner said, not a carcass.

“It did not lose its essence as a deer, an animal, when it died,” he said.

Anderson argued that the statute, which falls under the heading “crimes against sexual morality,” was meant to protect animals. That would be unnecessary in the case of a dead animal.

“If you look at the other crimes that are in this subsection, they all protect against something other than simply things we don’t like or things we find disgusting,” he said.

Other crimes in that subsection include incest, bigamy, public fornication and lewd and lascivious behavior.

Boughner said the focus of the statute was on punishing the human behavior, not protecting animals.

“It does not seem to draw a line between the living and the dead,” he said.

Interpreting the statute to exclude dead animals would also exclude freshly killed animals, Boughner said. That, he said, could lead to people who commit such acts with animals to kill them.

What would we do without lawyers? The judge will need the wisdom of Solomon for this one.

But what kind of perv would even want to do this? Hey, maybe it had a nice rack (yuk, yuk)...

And of course, this raises the usual question. Was it in fact, a male, or female?

(Punchline answer: "Female of course! What do you think, I'm queer?")

Posted by Rand Simberg at November 16, 2006 07:44 AM
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Posted by Leland at November 16, 2006 09:22 AM

I think thats a line in a GWAR song.

Posted by Wickedpinto at November 16, 2006 09:32 AM

"Doctor, I'm into sadism, necrophilia and b*stiality. Whats wrong with me?"

"Well son, I think you're flogging a dead horse"

Posted by Kevin B at November 16, 2006 05:28 PM

Funny that your comment filter passed sadism and necrophilia but drew the line at b*stiality.

Posted by Kevin B at November 16, 2006 05:30 PM

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