Jennifer Gille of St. Clair Shores, Michigan was in Covington, Louisiana when she decided she wanted to get home really bad. Reportedly high on drugs and alcohol, she did the responsible thing and hailed a cab. Initially, she asked to be taken to a location nearby. When she arrived, she changed her mind and wanted to be taken home to Michigan 1,074 miles away.
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When the cabbie refused and asked her to leave, “she began acting crazy and took off her clothing, demanding the cab driver take her to Michigan,” police said in a statement. The cabbie then drove to a nearby police station and unwittingly left the keys in the cab when he went into the station to get help. Well it doesn’t take a genius to guess what happens next. Jennifer jumps in the driver seat and takes off only to make it a block into her 1,074 mile journey. Police found the cab in a parking lock where Jennifer has decided to move into the backseat but still naked.
She was charged with unauthorized use of a movable vehicle and obscenity. Wait…what? obscenity? I get the stolen vehicle part, but obscenity? What about the part about being high on drugs and alcohol? Isn’t DUI a crime in Louisiana? Louisiana statutes § 14:106 on obscenity defines it as
(1) Exposure of the genitals, pubic hair, anus, vulva, or female breast nipples in any public place or place open to the public view, or in any prison or jail, with the intent of arousing sexual desire or which appeals to prurient interest or is patently offensive.
There are other sections pertaining to distribution of porn but the above section is the closest. It’s hard tell what Gille did that might warrant an obscenity charge. Maybe she propositioned the officer with intent of arousing sexual desire. It’s hard to think being naked is a more serious crime than being high on heroin.
Now if Jennifer had been in San Francisco, she probably wouldn’t have been charged with obscenity as being naked in public in San Francisco is not a crime. I’ve photographed plenty of public nudity in San Francisco and while other laws may apply, simple public nudity is not obscene. You can get plenty of evidence of that by coming to the Folsom Street Fair on September 26.