Monday, March 10, 2008
Did Gov. Spitzer Violate the Mann Act?
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's alleged involvement with a prostitution ring could have dire legal ramifications for him.
That's because if he did, indeed, help arrange for a high-end hooker to travel down to Washington from New York, he may have violated the Mann Act, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
The 1910 law "prohibited interstate transportation of women for immoral purposes,” according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
CREW was quick to issue a release this afternoon noting how Spitzer's conduct may land him in trouble with the Feds.
"Given the reports that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was heard on a wiretap arranging for a prostitute to travel from New York to Washington to meet in his hotel room, it appears that he has violated the Mann Act," the statement said. "This federal law carries a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment for knowingly persuading or inducing any individual to cross state lines for the purposes of prostitution."
The group's executive director, Melanie Sloan, added for good measure: "It is completely unacceptable for any government official – much less one who has held himself up as a paragon of virtue – to engage in criminal conduct. Governor Spitzer’s behavior is reprehensible. The citizens of New York deserve better."