I'm horrified to read of a case of attempted necrophilia in Wisconsin - and even more horrified to read of the court shenanigans around it!
Wisconsin law bans sex with dead bodies, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in reinstating charges against three men accused of digging up a corpse so one of them could have sex with it.
The court waded into the grisly case after lower court judges ruled nothing in state law banned necrophilia. Those decisions prompted public outrage and a push by a state lawmaker to make sex with a corpse a crime.
In Wednesday's 5-2 decision, the high court said Wisconsin law makes sex acts with dead people illegal because they are unable to give consent.
The ruling reinstates the attempted sexual assault charges against twin brothers Nicholas and Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke, all 22. The charges carry a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
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Police say the three men, carrying shovels, a crowbar and a box of condoms, went to a cemetery in southwestern Wisconsin in 2006 to dig up the body of Laura Tennessen, 20, who had been killed the week before in a motorcycle crash.
Nicholas Grunke had seen an obituary photo of her and asked the others for help digging up her corpse so he could have sexual intercourse with it, prosecutors say.
Authorities say the men used shovels to reach her grave but were unable to pry open the vault. They fled when a car drove into the cemetery and were eventually arrested.
The men were charged with attempted third-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor attempted theft charges. The case has been on hold as prosecutors appealed the dismissal of the assault charges.
I just don't understand this. How can any state or nation fail to legislate that necrophilia is a crime? How can any judge in his or her right mind try to find a way to dismiss the charges - and how can scumbag lawyers argue that it's not a crime?
I feel deeply for the parents of the poor girl that these degenerates tried to dig up for their horrible purposes. At least they didn't succeed - and one hopes that they'll spend a long, long time behind bars, so that they're unable to try it on anybody else's daughter!
I also hope that the other inmates in their prison will make clear their feelings on the matter. Certainly, if those three dirtbags lived in this part of the world, I have a sneaking suspicion that their punishment might have been, shall we say, extra-judicial. People round here have their heads on straight.