Archive for June 8th, 2010

Let’s Just Paint Her With the Red Letter ‘A’

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Last Friday, Suzanne Corona, 41, and her 29-year old lover were overcome with passion and celebrated on a picnic table under a pavilion in a local park.  But then the police came (talk about coitus interuptus!) and arrested both of them.

One of the charges against the couple is ‘public lewdness’.  Since there was a chance children saw them (although they were clothed) I think that’s a legitimate charge.  But the second charge was ‘adultery’  – and that has me laughing.

In New York it’s against the law to have sex with a married person in public OR private.  It’s against our penal code (sorry).  Ms. Corona was only the 13th New Yorker in 40-years (!) to be charged with this crime. The law was written in the early 1900’s – before women had the right to vote – and they were pretty much the “property” of men.  It sounds like men at the time considered adultery something like physical trespassing – “you keep off my woman and I’ll keep off yours.”

The gentleman involved was not charged with adultery because he was not aware Ms. Corona was married, police said.  Right. The class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $500 fine.

Of course, Ms. Corona’s husband had something to say about the charges.  It was pretty much, “Drop the charges against my wife!”. This guy must be a radical.  The century-old law was meant to protect him!  Who cares if he said this was a private matter between his wife and him?  What does he think this is – America?