October 26, 2012

Bill Nemitz: Slow-moving prostitution case has lots of people squirming

By Bill Nemitz bnemitz@pressherald.com

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Some might take that as a sign that Madame Wright is already cooperating with investigators in exchange for immunity or a lesser charge. Not true, says Churchill.

"This is certainly not a case where there are agreements for my client to testify against anybody else," Churchill said. "That's certainly not the reason why she hasn't been charged."

So ... what is the reason?

Contacted Thursday, Kennebunk Police Chief Robert MacKenzie said the whole sordid matter will be resolved in "good time."

"Obviously, a lot of people want to know (where this thing is headed) and I totally understand that," MacKenzie said. "From our standpoint, we have to make sure everything's investigated thoroughly and so that's exactly what we're doing."

Meanwhile, the squirming goes on.

As the case stands, there appear to be three ways that Wright's list of, ahem, clients could see the light of day.

One, assuming Churchill's theory is correct, is that they'll all be charged with solicitation of prostitution. That, Churchill noted, could bog down York County's courts for months if the johns decide they have nothing left to lose by going on trial to try to salvage their good names (if not their marriages).

Another possibility is that Wright will post her client list, say, on Facebook or some other bulletin board for all the world to see.

Observed Churchill: "The DA's office, in and of itself, is not in complete control over whether those names get out."

Finally, there's Lilley's promise that if Strong's case proceeds, all of the top-shelf lawyers in Maine won't stop him from "hauling (the johns) in there if I need them for my defense."

(Picture Lilley pointing to Strong at the defense table and asking red-faced witness Number 99, "Have you ever seen this man before?"

"No," mumbles Number 99.

"Next!" thunders Lilley.)

Bottom line, look for all that lawyerly speed-dialing to soon give way to mea culpas crafted by crisis-management consultants. Before this slow-motion scandal is over, it now looks like the other shoe(s) will inevitably drop.

"Exactly," agreed Lilley. "And it's going to make a big thud."


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