Spitzer Won’t Be Charged With Prostitution

When it rains hooker news, it pours: Spitzer to go uncharged?

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said today that his office had uncovered no evidence that Spitzer used public or campaign funds in a series of payments to a shell company, QAT Consulting.

“We have determined that there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against Mr. Spitzer for any offense relating to the withdrawal of funds for, and his payments to, the Emperors Club VIP,” Garcia said in a prepared statement.

Justice Department policy generally discourages bringing criminal charges against customers who purchase the services of prostitutes or transport them across state lines. Lawyers for Spitzer had argued that prosecutors would need to indict all of the services’ clients, not just Spitzer, to prove they were not singling out the controversial New York Democrat.

Spitzer released a statement saying that “I understand the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has decided that it will not bring criminal charges against me. I appreciate the impartiality and thoroughness of the investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and I acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conduct it disclosed.

4 Responses

  1. No one should be surprised with this, sadly. I wonder how many other “regular” people would’ve gotten away with violations of the Mann Act.

  2. What is the fundamental problem and outcome of the Spitzer ruling?:

    – Prostitution consumers are recognised to be private.
    – Prostitution service providers is recognised to be business people.

    Hence the latter face stronger legislation and prosecution.

    This is the hidden intrinsic criminalisation of sex workers against private lovers and married women.
    Putophobia is thus legalized by the asymmetrical structure of the exchange trade and the cultural superiority of money.

    All people are equal – Some are more equal😦

    My blog on the economy of sex work:
    http://www.sexworker.at/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=29962

  3. As usual. Only when they start prosecuting men equally as they do women – will suddenly the laws be overturned to stop the whole thing. As long as it’s just us women trying to put a stop to these needless arrests – it will continue to be ignored. When a few of the fat cats like Spitzer wind up behind bars – not just for buying a prostitute but for all the other crimes he committed that we don’t even know about because of his position when he did this – that’s when we’ll see the laws changed.

  4. They will never be prosecuting male clients at the same rate as female workers. Look at San Francisco. The women workers are by far the more arrested group as we are in every other town. Plus that was the thinking that got us the FOPP in the first place. It’s antiquated. The men are having their civil rights violated by being arrested on trumped up charges and then the few who submit to the FOPP for further civil rights violations, have never lifted a constitutional finger to scream and yell about it. Nobody in the 10 years the FOPP has been operating has cried foul. And FYI: The male clientele benefit from the current system. The male clients rely on the male police force to arrest workers. This results in forcing migration of the established experienced workers to another location. This creates a vacuum that new comers fill who then become targets for GFE solicitations and violence.

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