In a recent CNN story about a Zumba instructor who was allegedly paid to have sex with men in her dance studio, the issue is raised about whether the names of Johns who are accused of soliciting sex from prostitutes should be released.
In any other crime, the identities of adults who are accused are not protected, so why should Johns’ names be? As CNN explains,
“The principle that court proceedings are public is essential to public confidence. If persons charged with crimes could withhold their identities, the public would not be able to monitor proceedings to observe whether justice has been done and to observe whether certain defendants may have received favored treatment,’ Justice Thomas Warren wrote in his decision.
But is this crime different because of the potential for the lives of the alleged perpetrators to be ruined?
What do you think? Should the names of alleged Johns be released to the public?
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