“The Rentboy.com bust is just one battle in a larger war on sexual civil liberties that are still going strong in the 21st century.” ~William Dobbs, New York-based activist.
It’s been a week of litigious ups and downs for Jeffrey Hurant who pleaded guilty October 2016 to promoting prostitution and one count of money laundering. His original sentencing date of May 4 (see original post below) was postponed and originally rescheduled for today.As Newsday reported on Monday, “Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Monday called for prison time.”
According to prosecutors, “Without actual punishment in this case, the operators of those websites will likely conclude that … they can expect only a slap on the wrist.” This confirms what we have suspected all along. They are trying to make Jeffrey the sacrificial lamb and the fact this was a gay website is a bonus to the feds.
However, Jeffrey’s legal team is well aware of this and what the prosecutors are up to. StrUpGayPorn adds that, “Judge Brodie delayed sentencing again” at the behest of Jeffrey’s attorneys.”
Adding, “the fact that the judge agreed that their issue merits a response could be good news for Hurant. The government’s response to the defense is due by August 1st, and unless there’s yet another delay, Hurant’s sentencing will then be on August 2nd, 2017.”
So, pending another delay, it will all be decided a week from Wednesday.
Jeffrey, as always, we’re all rooting for you.
[ORIGINAL POST – May 4, 2017]
Why this case ever came is still a question searching for answers. But as for the fate of former CEO and owner of Rentboy.com, Jeffrey Hurant, was scheduled to be determined today by a federal judge. That date has been moved to July 21st at the request of the U.S. Attorney.
As we covered back in October, Jeffrey Hurant who pleaded guilty in October to promoting prostitution and one count of money laundering on behalf of his former business will be sentenced on Friday.As reported today in Xbiz, “In a sentencing memorandum filed last week, Jeffrey Hurant’s attorneys argued that he should be given a ‘non-incarceratory sentence.’ Currently, Hurant is free on bond.
Last week’s sentencing memorandum includes an attached letter to the Justice Department from U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who questioned taxpayer resources spent to shut down a website such as Rentboy.com.
“Based on their own prosecutorial work product, I am deeply concerned that your investigators were more motivated by the nature and orientation of the sexual activity facilitated by Rentboy.com than whatever unremarkable offenses the website’s operators may have assisted,” Maloney wrote.Another congressman, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, also questioned the actions to prosecute Hurant and his business in a letter sent to the Justice Department. ‘LGBTQ sex workers face and elevated level of abuse, and many advocates have pointed out that actions like the Rentboy.com raid have the effect of forcing sex work deeper underground, where workers may not be for the protections that Rentboy.com provided.
Our government must not take actions to drive the hard work of the advocates and leader in the LGBTQ community backward to a time pre-Lawrence v. Texas, when gay sex could be criminalized, and send a message that gay sex is somehow taboo.”
GayPopBuzz adds, ““We respectfully submit that a non-incarceratory sentence for Jeffrey Hurant is sufficient but not greater than necessary to achieve the sentencing purposes,” wrote Michael Tremonte, Hurant’s attorney, in an April 29 sentencing memorandum. “Because the prosecution has put [rentboy.com] out of business, we respectfully submit that no further sanction is necessary for the corporate entity.”
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For the complete Xbiz article, click here.