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North Carolina court gives mooner the nod

August 20, 1997
Web posted at: 10:59 p.m. EDT (0259 GMT)

RALEIGH, North Carolina (CNN) -- It's official: as long as you don't bare too much, it's OK to moon someone in North Carolina.

A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that while exposing one's rump may be tasteless and juvenile and a hopeless cliche, it is nevertheless quite legal.

The issue arose over the case of one Mark Edward Fly, who in 1995 mooned a woman as she walked up a flight of stairs. The woman was not amused, and Fly was charged with indecent exposure.

Fly's attorneys claimed that while the defendant was making a statement of sort, his intention was not to reveal anything more than his shiny backside.

The justices, noting that state law defines indecent exposure as exposing one's reproductive organs in a public place and in the presence of another person, agreed.

Lacking any reports of reproductive organs, two of the three justices concluded that they must find in favor of Mr. Fly, sustaining his appeal.

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