Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
State v. Romano
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Undercover police officer Jeffery Tallion was involved in a prostitution investigation and as a part of the investigation rented a hotel room and dressed in civilian clothes. After he looked through a local newspaper he called a number he saw in the paper for a massage advertisement. When he called, Romano answered and the officer asked if the they did “out calls”, which Romano responded affirmatively and proceeded to go to the hotel room and meet the officer. When she arrived the officer asked if she would do anything more than the massage and Romano agreed to assist in masturbation for an extra $20. She was arrested and charged with prostitution. Romano argued that Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) governed under the facts of her case. The judge rejected her argument.
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