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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last friday that, after she was confronted by her GOP colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was resigning from her leadership position.

But Koch is only doing a half-Palin. She's keeping her senate seat for the rest of her term. She said she didn't want to be a lame-duck majority leader (but apparently she's feels just fine being a lame-duck senator).

MPR reports:
Koch, who has considered possible runs for higher office, such as Congress and governor in the past, would not rule out a future run for office but said it's not in her immediate plans. She said it's more likely that she will end up in the private sector than on an election ballot. Koch will serve out her term, but is stepping down as leader because she didn't believe the caucus should be represented by a lame duck.

This bit of otherwise private hanky-panky is worthy of public attention because Koch has been one of those family-values type GOPers pushing for a ballot initiative to defend the sanctity of one-man-one-women marriage.

Newspapers are now also reporting that there may be other issues with Koch's tenure and an ethics investigation might be in the works.

But what's so far been overlooked by all the mainstream press is that adultery is still a crime in Minnesota.

more after the jump

If Koch and her (unnamed) co-adulterer don't pacify their respective spouses, both of them could be headed for the pokey (the hoosegow, the joint) for up to a year.

2011 Minnesota Statutes, 609.36

609.36 ADULTERY.
Subdivision 1.Acts constituting.

When a married woman has sexual intercourse with a man other than her husband, whether married or not, both are guilty of adultery and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.

Subd. 2.Limitations.

No prosecution shall be commenced under this section except on complaint of the husband or the wife, except when such husband or wife is insane, nor after one year from the commission of the offense.
Subd. 3.Defense.

It is a defense to violation of this section if the marital status of the woman was not known to the defendant at the time of the act of adultery.

As far as I know, Koch and her husband haven't yet done the obligatory GOP/Vitter/Gingrich-style press conference (with her proclaiming her faith in God, and that she's sorry for her weakness and the spouse saying he forgives her). So there's no way to predict how this is going to play out.

UPDATE: upon re-reading the Minnesota Adultery statute I realized that Minnesotans aren't as uptight as I had assumed. Apparently sex between a married-man and a single women (not his wife) is not adultery and not subject to criminal prosecution in Minnesota. Serial-adulterer Newt Gingrich is obviously fooling around in the wrong state.

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