Utah woman suffers setback in fighting criminal charges for being topless in own home

USA TODAY | 1/22/2020 | Staff
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SALT LAKE CITY – A judge refused to overturn part of Utah’s lewdness law Tuesday in a blow to a woman who’s fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home.

Judge Kara Pettit sided with prosecutors who argued that lewdness is commonly understood to include women’s breasts in American society, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Judges should not second-guess what lawmakers decided is lewd conduct, she wrote.

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It wasn’t immediately clear whether Tilli Buchanan would appeal the ruling. If she does not, her misdemeanor charges would move toward trial. If convicted, she could face jail time and be forced to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Buchanan and the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah pointed to a court ruling that overturned a topless ban in Colorado. They said Utah’s law on lewdness involving a child is unfair because it treats men and women differently for baring their chests.

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A global movement advocating for the rights of women to go topless, called the Free the Nipple campaign, has had mixed success fighting similar ordinances in other parts of the country:

•The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that...
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