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2006-07-20 23:25:06.756527+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

North Carolina law banning cohabitation struck down:

The law states, in part: "If any man and woman, not being married to each other, shall lewdly and lasciviously associate, bed and cohabit together, they shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor."

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-20 23:37:40.260828+00 by: Dan Lyke

Especially fun is the attitude of the North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper:

Cooper had argued that Hobbs couldn't challenge the law because she wasn't charged with a crime.

Great: "The only way you can challenge this law is by violating it". Yeah, that's the sort of crap I want to hear from my Attorney General.

Which brings up something that I've run into in the context of bicycling: In California, bicycles traveling "at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic" must stay "as close as is practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway". So if a cop writes you a ticket for being in a more left lane, even when you're moving with traffic (not too hard to do in many congested situations), you go to court, bring the relevant bits of the vehicle code, and the judge throws it out.

No problem. Except... "Ignorance of the law is no excuse", so where's the penalty for the police where the police are ignorant of the law? Do you have to file a civil suit?