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    Pi Li, VClib

    In that comment I linked to, a Florida Court, interpreting the Florida statute, discussed what "repeatedly" under the statute meant.  It concluded that a case where person 1 harassed person 2 at a kiosk in a mall, then person 1 left the area, 15 minutes passed where he was gone from the area, then he came back and did it again, then left the area, then an hour passed where he was gone from the area, then he came back and did it again, could be stalking.  The Court said that "repeatedly" meant what you normally think for it to mean-- different events, separated by the passage of time.  The fact that harasser left the area, time passed, and then he came back and did it again, he left the area, time passed again, and he came back again is what made it "repeatedly."

    In addition, this is a criminal statute.  You can't play those kinds of semantic games with criminal statutes.  Criminal statutes have to be strictly construed -- they have to be crystal clear, so that you know BEFORE you commit the act what is criminal and what is not.  

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