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Man guity of promoting prostitution wants to pay legal fees with his take

A case surrounding a New York City strip club has sparked a debate over the use of money made in criminal pursuits to pay a defendant's legal bills and living expenses.

Louis Posner is to be sentenced Thursday. He previously pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution at the Hot Lap Dance Club. And his plea deal calls for 60 days of community service.

Authorities seized about $550,000 from him and his wife. But a Manhattan judge has allowed Posner to spend some of that on legal and living expenses.

Police have complained about the decision and prosecutors have stopped agreeing to let defendants pay the fees of their lawyers out of seized funds.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 22, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , From the Courthouse , Offbeat  
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