Columnist: 'Prosecutors Need to Settle' Orlando Weekly Case

february 20, 2008  08:58 am
Legal proceedings for the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation's case against three Weekly employees and the paper on charges related to adult advertising are scheduled to get underway later this month. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas thinks the case, which "smacks of payback," should be settled, and suggests a way forward: "Immediately drop all charges against the employees," he writes. "Drop all felony charges against the Weekly and ask the judge to withhold adjudication on misdemeanor charges of aiding and abetting prostitution. In exchange, the Weekly reimburses all costs and agrees in writing to stop taking ads from prostitutes and unlicensed massage parlors."