Our faith in humanity dwindled this week when Texas officials ruled that there was nothing illegal about taking upskirt shots of unsuspecting women and children.

That’s right, while Japan is cracking down on pervy voyeurism, the Lone Star State is showing its full support under the “freedom of expression” banner.

In an 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals struck down a law that prohibits nonconsensual photography for sexual purposes, claiming that the restriction was unconstitutional. The decision was based on a case in which a 53-year-old man, Ronald Thompson, was charged with “26 counts of improper photography” after taking 73 photos of women and children at a water park, “targeting the children’s breast and buttocks areas.”

Rather than eat the evidence like this man, Thompson filed a motion to drop the charges, claiming that the prosecution was “unconstitutional” and in violation of the First Amendment.

Unfortunately for women and children of the state, the appeals court agreed and referred to his sleazy-ass behavior as “inherently expressive.”

Now all the disgusting assholes of the nation have a place to creep in peace. As if we didn’t need any more reasons to avoid Texas.

[via LA Times]