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Great Scott!

greatscott.jpgThe Ninth Circuit today issued a decision (via Bashman) that offers a mixed bag to child pedophiles. The decision concerns a law enacted in 2003, which made it a crime for tourists to travel outside of the United States to “engage in any illicit sexual behavior with another person.” The bad news for pederasts is that the Ninth Circuit didn’t actually strike down the law (sorry, John Mark Karr).

But, there is a silver lining for pedophiles. Indeed, the Ninth Circuit refused to apply the law to the defendant in the case, Gary Evans Jackson, who relocated temporarily to Cambodia, where he and his partner had sex with at least three boys between the ages of 10 and 15. The Court held that the law did not apply to travelers, like Jackson, who completed their travel before the law was enacted in April 2003.

So, a word of advice to eager child molesters out there: If you can get a hold of some high-grade plutonium, a flux capacitor, and a DeLorean, you can travel back to 2002 and molest all the Thai children you’d like without fear of prosecution under 18 U.S.C. Section 2423(c).

Don’t say QuizLaw never helped out a man in need.

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Of course it's the ninth circuit, and their track record for not-getting-bitchslapped-by-the-supremes isn't so hot lately. How long do you think this one'll last?