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Adultery still a felony in Idaho

The crime is rarely prosecuted, but it remains on the books as a relic of America’s long history of regulating sexual activity.

Historically, adultery has been criminalized as a way to control the public’s behavior, said Elizabeth Brandt, a University of Idaho law professor.

Much like the era of Prohibition at the turn of the century, the strict laws were seen as a way to reduce threats to marriage. Today, that fear has waned despite adultery remaining a crime, Brandt said.

"The law wasn’t changing behavior, and behavior eventually changed the law,” she said. Full story.


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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.