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Criminal Law Keyed to Kaplan
People v. Lauria
Citation:251 Cal. App. 2d 471, 59 Cal. Rptr. 628 (1967)
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Lauria (defendant) operated a telephone answering service. Stella Weeks, an undercover policewoman, investigated Lauria’s answering service for its alleged ties to prostitution. Weeks signed up for Lauria’s service and hinted that she was a prostitute concerned about secrecy. She was assured that the service was “about as safe as you can get.” While using the answering service, Weeks repeatedly complained to Lauria that she lost customers using his services. Lauria assured her “his business was taking messages.” Lauria and three prostitutes were later arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit prostitution. Lauria later admitted he knew some of his customers were prostitutes and had personally used at least one of their services.
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