Am I the only one who thinks this is the most entertaining criminal law story of the past six months? I mean really - how often do you get to read about allegations of a stripper setting another stripper's lingerie ablaze because stripper #2 was "stealing customers"???
A couple of people have asked me how this can possibly be "arson." The answer is that if the allegations are true, it could very well be arson.
I'd like to start by saying that everyone is innocent unless they plead guilty or they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Not many people take the presumption of innocence more seriously than myself. The above article is simply a report about what police officers said, and is not necessarily the truth.
That being said, for the sole purpose of debating the subject of arson, we will assume that the allegations are true. Word around the campfire is that Mrs. Anderson is charged with Arson in the First. I haven't substantiated that rumor (if anyone gets the opportunity to ask her, let me know), but police frequently "over-charge" people, so I wouldn't be surprised. Let's start with Arson in the First. KRS 513.020 governs this offense, and reads: