Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sex Trafficking Conviction Overturned

From Newsday:

By Anthony M. Destefano

August 16, 2008

NEW YORK- The sex trafficking conviction of a North Woodmere man who was dubbed a "god" in the world of sadomasochism was tossed out by a federal appeals court, paving the way for a new trial about his kinky relationship with an old girlfriend.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Thursday that Glenn Marcus was improperly convicted after a trial last year in federal court in Brooklyn because some of the conduct involved in the case took place before the 2000 enactment of the human trafficking law used to prosecute him.

Marcus was sentenced to 9 years in prison by Judge Allyne Ross last September.
A three-judge panel said that the conviction of Marcus, 55, violated the constitutional rule against convicting someone for conduct that wasn't a crime before a law took effect.

During the trial, a girlfriend of Marcus identified only as "Jodi" recounted how she met him online in 1998 in a chat room for bondage and submissive relationships.
Jodi said she eventually moved to an apartment in Maryland, where she lived with another female "slave" of Marcus.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi. As a personal friend of Glenn Marcus's I am very pleased he will have another chance to proove his innocence. And he is innocent; I spoke to Jodi on a few occassions and she never once seemed anything but pleased to be with Glenn. Human trafficking/ forced labor is a horror, one Glenn never committed. She was never held against her will, she could always come and go as she pleased. I also was in a relationship with Mr Marcus, so I do know he always operated with informed consent, never against anyones will.
    my blog re: Glenn Marcus