A DEFENDANT accused of forcing a prostitute at gunpoint to have sex with him and three other men got lucky, so to speak, last week.
A Philadelphia judge dropped all sex and assault charges at his preliminary hearing.
Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni instead held the defendant on the bizarre charge of armed robbery for – get this – “theft of services.”
Deni told me she based her decision on the fact that the prostitute consented to have sex with the defendant.
“She consented and she didn’t get paid . . . I thought it was a robbery.”
And before I get smeared as being objectively pro-rape, let me assert I am quite comfortable with the notion that if someone says no, and you force them to have sex, even if they are a prostitute, it should be considered rape. That being said, I can see the Judge’s point- to some extent, although I think rape charges should still have been filed.
At the very least, shouldn’t he also be charged with soliciting a prostitute? And she with prostitution? Those are laws I do not agree with, but they are, in fact laws, and the two have admitted to those ‘crimes.’
The whole thing is just weird and sick.
*** Update ***
More here at Shakes.
And it only took six comments before someone seems to think I agree with the judge. I don’t. I think rape charges should have been pursued. I hope that is clear enough, because I will be god damned if I spend the next two years hearing nitwits misrepresent my position on this.