Monday, November 24, 2008

What if Martha Stewart had had "Sex in D.C." like Spitzer?

Legal analyst and former assistant U.S. attorney Sunny Hostin has an interesting guest commentary on the CNN web site: "Why did the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the very same office that zealously went after Martha Stewart for lying to some of its prosecutors, give [Eliot Spitzer] a complete pass, a proverbial get-out-of-jail free card?"

She explains that Spitzer was likely guilty of the Mann Act, "which makes it a federal criminal offense to knowingly transport any individual, male or female, across state lines for the purpose of prostitution or sexual activity" so why isn't he being prosecuted?

A question of my own: Why is this typically male kind of transgression, being a customer to a prostitute, treated so lightly by the federal government, while high-profile prostitutes, are not? Think Hedy Weiss.

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