This week, the local prosecutor in Baltimore announced that her office would no longer prosecute cases of marijuana possession, regardless of the quantity involved or the defendant's criminal record. Moreover, her office will attempt to vacate nearly 5,000 previous marijuana convictions.
For over 30 years, intentionally grabbing someone's butt has been excluded from Minnesota's criminal sexual conduct statute. The law specifically states that the definition of "sexual contact" "does not include the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the buttocks." Otherwise, nonconsensual sexual contact is considered fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, along with masturbation or the lewd exhibition of genitals before a minor under 16.
When military vets come home from deployment, they often find their service has taken a mental toll. That can mean diagnosable PTSD or simply unregulated emotions that can prompt the vet to strike out or engage in anti-social behavior.