Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) has divorced her husband – and, frankly, she should have gotten one free kick in the groin in, too. This stems from an incident in 2006 where then-husband Thomas Athans got arrested for soliciting a prostitute. David Catanese calls the details ‘not pretty,’ and I agree:
Athans, 46 at the time, was not charged with soliciting and testified against the 21-year-old Westland woman. The woman was sentenced to probation on a charge of misdemeanor trespassing.
The older I get, the more hard-nosed (and less libertarian) I become about prostitution*. But there’s something off-putting about a john being able to skate on a solicitation arrest by testifying against a hooker on a misdemeanor charge. You have to wonder whether the sentence “Do you know who I am?” was uttered at any point during the initial arrest… and whether it, indeed, made a difference…
*Short version: I don’t approve of it, I recognize that there’s a fairly obnoxious cultural double standard in place for prostitutes and their clients, I don’t like what the institution does to prostitutes, and I don’t see what making it illegal does except add a strong element of physical risk to people in that profession. I’m also waiting to hear of a good solution to all of this, because we don’t have one now.