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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Dead in Wisconsin must stay chaste, rules court.
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Back on May 29, 2008, I wrote about a case involving some Wisconsin wannabe necrophiles.
Seems like courts in Wisconsin move slowly especially when the case is complex. Remember this one? Years ago, three morons decided to dig up a dead woman and give necrophilia a fling. Now everyone admitted this was a bad thing to do but no one was quite sure what to charge them with because apparently necrophilia was not against the law in Wisconsin. Now, years later, it seems that someone decided that a sexual assault charge might stick and the Wisconsin state supreme court has decided that that sounds like a good idea to them. Now I'm wondering if this means that a dead body is legally a person in Wisconsin? Is this a slippery slope sort of thing? Is it opening the doors for other misuses of the deceased to be legally treated the same way as a living person? For instance, if this is sexual assault can a dead person keep his favorite parking space or is it discrimination to take it away from him just because he's dead? What would George Romero say?
Apparently the decision is based on the corpse's lack of ability to consent. (Actually I confess I have not read the ruling. It's 34 pages long and contains several big words.)
Now, what happens if someone consents to such an act, say in a will? Is it legal then? I'd say it's time that some libertarian minded soul leave his corpse behind with a permission slip just to test this sort of
Thirdly, I have to ask is there something in the Wisconsin water that makes threat of rampant necrophilia a real risk? Is it really worthwhile to send this strong a message to the general population that they should not have sex with a dead person? I mean I've done a lot of things, I'm ashamed of, and fantasized about doing several more, but actual necrophilia is not something I'd dabble in even if it were legal. But at least now I know that should I suddenly developed the urge, well, don't do it in Wisconsin, I guess.
Updated: July 9, 2008 05:43 PM Video Gallery <1> Supreme Court Reinstates Charges in Grave Robbing Case 0:41 Also on the Web Click here to read the Supreme Court's decision
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated criminal charges against three Grant County men accused of digging up a corpse to have sex with it.
In 2006, twins Nicholas and Alexander Grunke, and their friend Dustin Radke were arrested for allegedly trying to remove the body of 20-year-old Laura Tenneson who had been recently killed in a motorcycle crash.
Prosecutors say one of them saw an obituary photo of the woman and asked the others to help dig up the body so he could have sex with it. They eventually abandoned their plan and were caught by authorities.
Lower courts had dismissed attempted third-degree sexual assault charges against the men, saying state law does not criminalize necrophilia. But the Supreme Court says people can be charged with sexual assault when the victims are dead.
As a result of the decision, the case will be sent back to Grant County Court. The three men will be tried on third degree sexual assault charges.
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Journalist, educator, and low level Asian history scholar who dabbles in fiction. Peter Huston is the author of several books, including Scams from the Great Beyond, Tong, Gangs, and Triads,, and the novel, Excess Emotional Baggage.
Interests include :
1) Internatinal Education and Teaching English as a Second or other Language,
2)refugee concerns and refugee resettlement,
3)self defense and martial arts,
4) Asian culture and history,
5) censorship controversies
6) the skeptical examination of paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims.
Education includes a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Cornell and a second master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University at Albany, party of the New York State SUNY system.
I am not the sailing guy, sports betting guy or the attorney guy. These people who use the name Peter Huston are, presumably, impostors. I am the real