Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. was recently called upon by a client
who was convicted of solicitation of a prostitute after a stipulated facts
trial. The client appealed the decision because the evidence in this case
was insufficient to convict him. Attorney
Hillary Parsons filed the appeal and traveled to Duluth, Minnesota to present the Oral
Argument. Upon review, the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned the district
court’s decision because the evidence failed to establish, beyond
a reasonable doubt, the client’s intent to engage a prostitute for
hire in a sexual activity, as required by the statute.
In this case, the client responded to a sexually suggestive advertisement
on backpages.com which was part of a police sting operation to prosecute
men engaged in hiring prostitutes. He met undercover investigators at
a hotel room and told them he was interested in a body rub, and would
“maybe see” about further contact. The Court of Appeals noted
that evidence that the client was interested in hiring a person he found
in a sexually suggestive ad www.backpages.com for a body rub was far too
indefinite to establish that he intended to make an offer of sexual contact.
This is a huge win for our client and for our firm! Congratulations to
Hillary for presenting a compelling case in defense of our client!
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