Definition of INDECENCY


INDECENCY

An act against good behaviour and a just delicacy. 2
Serg. & R. 91.

2. The law, in general, will repress indecency as being contrary
to good morals, but, when the public good requires it, the mere
indecency of disclosures does not suffice to exclude them from
being given in evidence. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3216.

3. The following are examples of indecency: the exposure by a man
of his naked person on a balcony, to public view, or bathing in
public; 2 Campb. 89; or the exhibition of bawdy pictures. 2 Chit.
Cr. Law, 42; 2 Serg. & Rawle, 91. This indecency is punishable by
indictment. Vide 1 Sid. 168; S. C. 1 Keb. 620; 2 Yerg. R. 482, 589;
1 Mass. Rep. 8; 2 Chan. Cas. 110; 1 Russ. Cr. 302; 1 Hawk. P. C. c.
5, s. 4; 4 Bl. Com. 65, n.; 1 East, P. C. c. 1, s. 1; Burn s Just.
Lewdness.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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