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Supreme Court agrees counts should be dismissed in Kennebunk prostitution case

6:36 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's Supreme Court has dealt a big blow to the prosecution in the case against Mark Strong. Strong has been charged in connection with the Kennebunk Zumba prostitution case. Friday, the high court upheld a lower court ruling to dismiss 46 of the 59 counts against him. Those 46 counts all had to do with alleged violations of privacy against the johns in this case.

In oral arguments Wednesday, the prosecution argued that state law protects people's privacy when they go places where they disrobe, such as bathrooms or tanning booths. Defense attorney Dan Lilley said that you have no privacy when you're committing a crime.

In its ruling, the Court agreed with Lilley, saying that the law does not protect people who visit a prostitute because society frowns on prostitution.

Supreme Court Justice Jon Levy wrote: "Places of prostitution and people who knowingly frequent them to engage a prostitute are not sanctioned by society. Accordingly, it is objectively
unreasonable for a person who knowingly enters a place of prostitution for the purpose of engaging a prostitute to expect that society recognizes a right to be safe from surveillance while inside."

The attorneys in this case are under a gag order not to speak to the press right now. But Sarah Churchill, the attorney for the alleged prostitute, Alexis Wright, says this ruling also helps her client.

Wright was facing the same 46 invasion of privacy counts and Churchill says if the state does not act, she will file a pre-trial motion to have those counts dismissed.

Churchill said, "They looked at the legislative intent and they felt that based on the legislative intent, this particular situation and the facts of this situation weren't covered."

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