(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts lawmakers wasted literally no time at all to respond forcefully to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court that a man did not violate state law by taking pictures up women's skirts on a public transit system.
The case against Michael Robertson was dismissed Wednesday due to a loophole since none of the women he secretly photographed were nude or partially nude, the specific provision that makes upskirting a crime in the state.
However, with the public furious that Robertson got to walk away without punishment, both the Massachusetts House and Senate approved a bill Thursday banning the practice known as "upskirting." Gov. Deval Patrick has promised to sign it into law, making taking these photos a misdemeanor and distributing them a felony.
Since Robertson's case was thrown out before the new law is enacted, he still gets off Scott-free. He was caught in the act by undercover cops snapping photos of women under their skirts while riding the Boston public transit in 2010.
The high court overruled a lower court decision that Robertson could not seek to have the charges dismissed based on the current law.
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