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American philanderers face life in jail

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Married people in Michigan US who have extra-marital sex could be jailed for life, following a decision by the State’s Court of Appeals panel to uphold a 1931 law criminalising active adultery.

"Technically any time a person engages in sexual penetration in an adulterous relationship, he or she is guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct,” Judge William Murphy wrote in November.

"We cannot help but question whether the Legislature actually intended the result we reached here today," he added (Detroit Free Press newspaper).

The ruling emerged from a case involving a Charlevoix man who was sentenced to four years for trading Oxycontin pills for sex, and, according to the Detroit Free Press, could be meant as a message to State authorities who recently ordered Judges to apply the letter of the law, literally ‘whatever the consequences.’

Section 520b of the Michigan Penal Code states ‘a person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree if he or she engages in sexual penetration with another person and if any of the following circumstances exists: (c) Sexual penetration occurs under circumstances involving the commission of any other felony’, and with adultery still being a felony in Michigan, life could be the outcome.

In more adultery news, Nigerian preacher Emeka Ezeugo was sentenced to death by hanging this week after he was found guilty of setting fire to six women from his congregation whom he accused of adultery. Media reports said the priest poured petrol on his parishioners at his church in Ajao estate, a northern Lagos suburb in July, killing Ann Uzo and seriously burning the others.

The charismatic cleric, known around Lagos as the ‘Reverend King’ and a tabloid celebrity, according to the BBC, previously admitted flogging churchgoers for committing adultery and fornication though pleaded his innocence when sentenced in court.

"What happened to Jesus Christ about 2,000 years ago is what I am going through today,” Mr Ezeugo claimed. “The difference is only that I have not been nailed to the cross." (