-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger
The California Supreme Court has ruled on a case involving California’s pimp law. Jomo Zambia was in his car at a “notorious intersection,” known for its plethora of prostitutes. He offered his pimp services to a woman he believed to be a prostitute. These services “included providing housing and clothing, if she turned over all of her money to him.”
The prostitute turned out to be an LAPD Officer working undercover. Zambia was arrested and later convicted of the crime of pandering, as one who “induces, persuades or encourages another person to become a prostitute.”
The California Supreme Court has decided if it’s possible to convict a defendant for encouraging another person to become a prostitute when that person is already appears to be a prostitute.
In People v. Zambia the court held that the state’s pandering law does apply to a pimp who recruits a current prostitute to work for him. The court reasoned:
The phrase “encourages another person to become a prostitute” can readily be understood to encompass the goal that the target “become a prostitute” in the future for the benefit of the encourager or some other pimp.
Two judges dissented from this interpretation. Judge Joyce Kennard, wrote that she “cannot fathom how one can ‘become’ what one already is.”
H/T: Legal Blog Watch.
12 thoughts on “It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp”
I have to pay attention to you, dear blogger.2011-9-7 13:24:46
You don’t say…
Frank Zappa’s “Willie the Pimp”
I’m a little pimp with my hair gassed back
Pair a khacki pants with my shoes shined black
Got a little lady…walk the street
Tellin’ all the boys that she can’t be beat
Twenny dollah bill I can set you straight
Meet me onna corner boy’n don’t be late
Man in a suite with bow-tie neck
Wanna buy a grunt with a third party check
Standin’ onna porch of the Lido Hotel
Floozies in the lobby love the way I sell
Hot meat, hot rats, hot zits, hot chest, hot ritz, hot roots, hot soots
OT, but following Buddha… After Rachel Maddow’s interview with Weiner, I’m waiting for his “I am not a creep” video
“Ambitious Weiner sees media strategy backfire”
For a moment, I thought this MSNBC headline was about this story, but it turns out it was about a different kind of pimp.
Academy Award winner, for Best Original Song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN0xK6bgQkQ It is a good movie – academy award nominee.
So she was posing as a prostitute and he got done for trying to make her in to one, sounds like a miscarraige of justice to me.
I stand by what I wrote in Fall 2009 to JT’s “Men Lining Up for Admission into John School”
The war on prostitution diverts law enforcement focus from child sex crimes, and helps to add to a massive, violent and corrupting underground economy that has arisen from the War on Drugs.
Meanwhile, the police state continues to grow. At Urban Beach Week in Miami, police seized and destroyed cameras at gunpoint that were used to record police violence.
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