Q-Notes staff David Stout wrote the piece for the issue currently out on stands (the next issue comes out on Oct. 20).
It profiles the case of a Florida priest arrested in North Carolina for “soliciting a crime against nature.” The details of the case are clear and even admitted in police reports: The priest met a person he did not know was an undercover cop and asked if he wanted to go back to a private residence for sex. There was no solicitation for sex in public… only sex in private.
The United States Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that the state has no business policing private, consensual sex acts between two adults of legal age.
The case is a perfect one just waiting to be challenged.
Q-Notes has an online poll up on the issue: If you were cited for soliciting a crime against nature, would you fight the charge in court?
About 29 people have voted, with 93% saying they would fight the charge. A person who voted left a comment saying, “I think Q-Notes, ENC or some similar agency should send a guy wearing a wire into the areas where stings are being held. If/when the guy gets arrested for asking an undercover cop to go to a private residence for sex, the paper or group could fight the charge in court with the recording as evidence. This would be a great way to fight this issue, I think.”
I agree. If Bush can use wire-tapping on private citizens, I see no reason why private citizens (or members of the media) can’t use wires to expose the abuse of police power on a law that has been overturned (at least for the purpose for which it was used in the case against the Florida priest).
Who wants to be the guinea pig? I’ve already been arrested too many times for my own good, but I’ll do it if no one else volunteers.