KENNEBUNK PROSTITUTION SCANDAL

The local Zumba dance instructor, Alexis Wright, in Kennebunk, Maine has been arrested and charged with over a hundred counts, more than half of them for prostitution. In a small town like Kennebunk that is big news. But the really big news is that the johns have been identified from the Wright’s records and videotapes she secretly made and are not only being charged but their names are being publicly released. Many people are upset, including presumably the johns and […] Read more »

SOLICITATION FOR PROSTITUTION–A CRIME OF MORAL TURPITUDE

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decisision by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that solicitation for the purpose of prostitution is a crime of moral turpitude prohibiting an order allowing a foreign citizen to voluntarily depart from the country. The Court held that since a prior decision of the BIA found that prostitution was a crime of moral turpitude and since there is no material difference between prostitution and solicitation for prostitution that solicitation under California Penal […] Read more »

NEW MEXICO JUDGE ARRESTED FOR RAPING A PROSTITUTE AND WITNESS INTIMIDATION

Albuquerque’s chief criminal judge, Albert S. “Pat” Murdoch was arrested last week and charged with raping a prostitute as well as intimidating a witness. According to the prostitute he met her through an online ad she placed. He invited her over to his house and they met approximately eight times and he paid her approximately $200 each time. On one occasion, the prostitute said, he forced her to be the recipient of oral sex. She refused but he did it […] Read more »

ANTIOCH CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICERS LEAD CRIME WAVE

Former Antioch, California police officers Norman Wielsch, most recently head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and Christopher Butler, who now has a private detective agency along with San Ramon police officer, Louis Lombardi, were charged with stealing drugs from the CNET safe and selling them to Butler’s clients and to confidential informants. Lombardi was a member of CNET at the time of the thefts. Then Butler, and former Danville Officer Stephen Tanabe, were charged with setting […] Read more »

NINTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS SUPPRESSION OF EVIDENCE AFTER MAN KEPT OUT OF HIS HOUSE FOR 26.5 HOURS AWAITING SEARCH WARRANT

Guam is a United States territory and it comes under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court, sitting in Hawaii, heard United States v. Cha. It held that a 26.5 hour seizure of a residence pending the obtaining of a search warrant unconstitutional and as a result it upheld the suppression of evidence found in the house. On Saturday evening, January 12, 2008 police officers arrived at the Blue House Lounge in Tamuning, Guam to investigate […] Read more »

SECOND CIRCUIT UPHOLDS CONVICTION DESPITE CLAIMS OF REFUSAL TO ALLOW DEFENDANTS TO WITHDRAW PLEA AND REFUSAL TO GRANT MOTION TO REPLACE ATTORNEY

Two questions that often come up in criminal cases are can a defendant withdraw his/her guilty plea and, if the defendant has an appointed counsel, can he/she fire the attorney and get another appointed attorney. Both questions are discussed in the Second Circuit case, United States v. Carreto, et al. Josue Flores Carreto, Gerardo Flores Carreto, and Daniel Perez Alonso smuggled Mexican women, some of whom were under eighteen years old, into the United States and forced them into prostitution. […] Read more »

AMSTERDAM PROSTITUTES NEED HELP

The city of Amsterdam has a problem. Most banks refuse to give credit to prostitutes even though prostitution is legal. The prostitutes are an important part of Amsterdam’s economy and the prostitution segment of the economy is hurting due to its inability to get credit. The city has rejected the idea of a “sex bank.” But it recognizes prostitution as a bona fide industry and the need of its proprietors to obtain reasonable credit. May I suggest two examples for […] Read more »