Mopery with intent to gawk

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 23, 2007

In Reply to: Mopery with intent to gawk posted by Bruce Kahl on March 22, 2007

: : It seems to be an imaginative petty criminal charge with some basis in historic reality. Maybe. I think. Ever heard of it?

: This was/is often used by the authorities (Mussolini Republican guys in black suits with no id ) against anti-war demonstrators here in the US of A.

: It's a perfect way to pick up and bring in a troublemaker who isn't actually committing any crimes, harass him, and let him go.

: During the Republican Convention in 04 they even charged me with contributing to the delinquency of a minor--my daughters were with me.
: More at the link below.

I'm still not convinced that the "vague and obscure legal term used in some jurisdictions" actually exists. Call me suspicious, but there seems to be a strong flavour of urban legend hanging about it. Is there anyone here who can testify from their own knowledge that the legal offence of "mopery" really exists or used to exist, and specify *where*, i.e. in which legislature? (VSD)