Via the Daily Mail:
The lawyer representing a professor charged with incest with his 24-year-old daughter has questioned why the alleged affair has been made public.
David Epstein was charged last week with one count of incest for what was allegedly a consensual three-year sexual relationship with his daughter.
The political science professor at Columbia University, 46, allegedly slept with her between 2006 and 2009.
Epstein, who specialises in American politics and voting rights, is also said to have exchanged twisted text messages with the woman during their relationship.
Matthew Galluzzo, defending Epstein, has said that even though his daughter had emerged as a victim in the case, she could ‘best be described as an accomplice’.
He told ABCNews.com: ‘Academically, we are obviously all morally opposed to incest and rightfully so.
‘At the same time, there is an argument to be made in the Swiss case to let go what goes on privately in bedrooms.
‘It’s ok for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home. How is this so different?
‘We have to figure out why some behaviour is tolerated and some is not.’
Administrative leave: Epstein teaches political science at Ivy League Columbia University. His lawyer has questioned why the case has been brought
In an interview with the Huffington Post, he added: ‘What goes on between consenting adults in private should not be legislated. That is not the proper domain of our law.
‘If we assume for a moment that both parties [involved in incest] are consenting, then why are we prosecuting this?’
Epstein, who has taught at Harvard and Stanford, is currently on administrative leave from Columbia.
He was married to another lecturer at the Ivy League institution but the pair recently divorced.
In an earlier statement Mr Galluzzo called the charges against the professor ‘unwarranted and unfair’.
‘Professor Epstein is well-respected by his peers and students and he asks that his friends in the Columbia community support him and give him the benefit of the doubt during this trying time,’ he added.
Switzerland legislators have proposed decriminalising consensual sexual relationships between first-degree relatives, including siblings and parents and their adult children.
Consensual incest is also legal in China, France, Israel, the Ivory Coast, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Turkey, according to a 2007 report from the Max Planck Institute in Germany.