In Michigan, the Legislature probably did not intend for adultery to fall under the sexual crime laws, but the Michigan Supreme Courts say the way the laws are written, adultery could lead to life in prison:
In a ruling sure to make philandering spouses squirm, Michigan’s second-highest court says that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.
I want to open up a discussion on this – while Michigan will no doubt clarify their legislation, should adulter be a crime? Arguably their are innocent victims involved – the spouse of the one cheating, any children, etc. And nearly everybody, I think, believes that adultery is wrong (including those that are committing adultery). So, should adultery also be a criminal offense? Or maybe a civil offense?
Neither, both? What’s your opinion?