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People v. Garrison

OPINION FILED SEPTEMBER 29, 1980.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, APPELLANT,

v.

GARY "MIKE" GARRISON, APPELLEE.



Appeal from the Circuit Court of Marion County, the Hon. Harry L. Ziegler, Judge, presiding.

MR. JUSTICE UNDERWOOD DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

Rehearing denied November 26, 1980.

The circuit court of Marion County declared unconstitutional sections 11-9(a)(3) and 11-9(b) of the Criminal Code of 1961 (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1977, ch. 38, pars. 11-9(a)(3), 11-9(b)). The State has appealed directly here pursuant to our Rule 302(a)(1) (73 Ill.2d R. 302(a)(1)). We reverse.

The defendant, Gary "Mike" Garrison, was charged by information with "knowingly, at a public place, while standing behind a storm door, expose[ing] his sex organ in a lewd manner" to the prosecutrix "with the intent to arouse his sexual desires" in violation of section 11-9(a)(3) of the Criminal Code of 1961 (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1977, ch. 38, par. 11-9(a)(3)). Section 11-9 provides:

"Public Indecency. (a) Any person of the age of 17 years and upwards who performs any of the following acts in a public place commits a public indecency:

(1) An act of sexual intercourse; or

(2) An act of deviate sexual conduct; or

(3) A lewd exposure of the body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of the person; or

(4) A lewd fondling or caress of the body of another person of either sex.

(b) `Public place' for purposes of this Section means any place where the conduct may reasonably be excepted to be viewed by others.

(c) Sentence.

Public indecency is a Class A misdemeanor."

Defendant moved to dismiss the information on the ground that sections 11-9(a)(3) and 11-9(b) violated the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, ninth and fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, and he reiterates those arguments here. The remarks of the trial judge at the hearing suggest that he relied on only one of the arguments, but he signed an order drafted by ...


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