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The Seattle Times has a really sad story this week about a Seattle girl who went from having her first boyfriend at age 12 to being arrested in Portland for prostitution at age 16 to testifying against her pimp and then
That's when Washington-Davis asserted that offering for prostitution women whom he occasionally beat up is protected under the First Amendment, according to court documents. Donate today. Photo: Ramsey County. Antonio Dion Washington-Davis.
Specifically, Washington-Davis contends that the statute applies to people who promote and solicit consenting adults to participate in constitutionally protected films or photographs involving sexual contact. Share Twitter Facebook. Their speech will fall under the statute only if the State can meet its high burden to show the purpose in hiring the actors to engage in sexual acts was to sexually gratify the performers. The hiring of adults to perform or pose in a sexually explicit film or photograph is done for the purpose of making a film or photograph.
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Gildea acknowledged that the First Amendment protects the solicitation and promotion of consenting adults in a porn film. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. A statute is substantially overbroad in violation of the First Amendment if, in addition to prohibiting unprotected speech, it also prohibits a substantial amount of constitutionally protected speech.
Washington-Davis took photos of J. Washington-Davis kept all the money from her performance of sex acts for hire, and he became verbally and physically abusive if she attempted to withhold money from him.
For his conduct involving J. Once he got women to let him take their pictures, he posted them online on Back. According to Washington-Davis, not only does the statute reach individuals who hire actors to engage in sexual contact for the purpose of filming pornographic or other sexually explicit films, but it also applies to those individuals involved in production-related activities, including the transportation of actors to a film set, actor recruitment, leasing or renting space for film production, and the solicitation of film business in general.
But even assuming that the statute does, as Washington-Davis argues, restrict some amount of protected speech, that restriction does not automatically render the statute unconstitutionally overbroad. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.
Program Schedule Station Directory. The strength of the First Amendment comes from our insistence on extending it to some pretty despicable people, but Antonio Dion Washington-Davis isn't going to be one of them.
Your support matters. This is the Minnesota Supreme Court's description of Mr. Washington-Davis' modus operandi:.
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Gildea said there is no evidence that protected speech is being "chilled, or is likely to be chilled, as a result of the promotion and solicitation statute. Washington-Davis was sentenced to 36 years in prison in December You make MPR News possible.
Support MPR News. Washington-Davis, from Brooklyn Park, ran a family sex-trafficking ring. Thus, the speech of those involved in a commercial adult-film production will not usually violate the statute.
He and his family members started romantic relationships with teenagers, then coerced them into becoming prostitutes for them.