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04/19/2007


News: Michael Phelps, Marijuana, Sean Penn, Lindsay Lohan, Jai Ho

 road Florida Rep. Bob Allen, who was convicted of soliciting sex from a police officer in 2007, has given up trying to appeal his case: "While he's maintained his innocence and is confident of his innocence, there comes a point where you just have to move on with your life, and I think that's where he's at."

Simmie  road Family, friends and activists hold vigil on anniversary of murder of transgender Fort Lauderdale teen Simmie Williams. Mother: "I was hoping that I would have heard something by now, but not yet. I won't have peace until his killer is caught."

 road Lindsay Lohan offers a jittery update on her life, plus a gaunt photo shoot by Hedi Slimane.

 road New York Governor Paterson bringing back openly gay chief advisor: "And he has announced that he would bring back Charles J. O’Byrne, his former chief aide who resigned amid a tax scandal, to serve as a top political adviser. It is a potentially risky move, given that the governor will be seeking tax increases this spring, but it might help with the disarray that has plagued his inner circle."

 road Elton John Oscar party raises $4 million.

 road Penn jabs Madonna over Jesus Luz: "Another kid, already?"

 road Sean Penn opts out of Milk post-Oscar bash: "Not every celebrity completed his Oscar-party rounds. Saturday night, Best Actor winner Sean Penn - who neglected to thank his long-suffering wife in his acceptance speech - ditched Focus Features' bash for "Milk" at BLT Steak on Sunset Boulevard. 'It was the film producers' party for their own movie and Sean didn't show up,' said our astonished source." 

 road Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick share a ball.

Ammiano  road California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduces bill to legalize marijuana in California, would put pot on same footing as alcohol.

 road UK Evangelical Christian groups (Accepting Evangelicals, Courage, the Network of Baptists Affirming Lesbian and Gay Christians, the Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian & Gay Christians, and the Christian think-tank Ekklesia) call on fellow Evangelicals to rethink attitudes toward gays following condemnation of Westboro Baptist Church outrage: "We would now call upon these groups to reflect on their own attitudes and prayerfully consider what their 'hate the sin, love the sinner' teaching does to the minds and souls of faithful Christians who are gay.

 road 1,000 mourn owner of gay bar in Schenectady, NY.

 road MUSTO: NYC movie theater responds to gay bashing claims.

 road Pussycat Dolls get their claws into Slumdog Millionaire best song "Jai Ho".

Bong  road Kelloggs' knee-jerk reaction to Michael Phelps bong photo cost it.

 road Michigan court recognizes adoption by Illinois gay couple: "The court ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Constitution requires state courts to recognize Diane Giancaspro and Lisa Congleton as adoptive parents. It reversed a trial judge who said Michigan’s 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban kept her from enforcing the women’s parental rights."

 road Meet the gay teen on the upcoming Fame remake.

 road Gay Pride organizers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, call off second annual parade after taunts from protestors: "According to the Thai Nation newspaper, the protesters launched verbal attacks through a megaphone saying the event tarnished the city's reputation. They also reacted angrily to remarks made by the organisers that the 'Rak Chiang Mai 51' group was acting like thugs. Fearing violence, the organisers Mplus, Chiang Mai's largest HIV/AIDS group, called the march which was to start from Buddha-sathan through Night Bazaar before ending at the Tawan Trendy Mall. The confrontation reportedly lasted an hour before the organisers agreed to dismantle the stage and cancel the activities in the area. The report noted that 150 policemen had been mobilised for the parade."


Florida Rep Bob Allen Denied Oral Sex Conviction Appeal

Former Florida GOP Rep. Bob Allen, who was convicted of solicitation after offering a police officer $20 for the opportunity to blow the officer in a public restroom last summer, keeps trying to get off (so to speak) but it's not working.

Bob_allenAfter his conviction last year he went to court again in May to appeal but the Brevard County Circuit Court rejected it.

Yesterday, without comment or a hearing, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal denied Allen a higher appeal.

The next step for Allen would be the Supreme Court of Florida.

You may remember that months before his arrest, Allen co-sponsored Florida House Bill #1475, which would have increased public sex charges from a misdemeanor to a felony. According to the Palm Beach Post, "The proposed bill addressed 'unnatural and lascivious acts or exposure or exhibition of sexual organs' within 1,000 feet of a park, school or child care facility."

You may also remember Allen's pathetic excuses for his behavior in the public men's room. He was afraid of Black men in the park, and he was taking shelter from a nearby thunderstorm.


Florida Rep. Bob Allen's Appeal Denied by Circuit Court

Florida GOP Rep. Bob Allen, who was convicted of solicitation after offering a police officer $20 for the opportunity to blow the officer in a public restroom last summer, is still insisting he's innocent and trying to be cleared in the case.

Bob_allen_2He went to court in May to appeal, but yesterday the Brevard County Circuit court rejected it:

"Allen was sentenced in November to six months’ probation, a $250 fine and other court and restitution costs — a sentence put off pending the outcome of the appeal. The Brevard County Circuit Court panel, made up of three judges, has affirmed the conviction. Allen now has the option to appeal to the 5th District Court of Appeals. Allen has consistently maintained his innocence. His attorney, Greg Eisenmenger, argued in the appeals hearing in May that Allen wasn’t charged under the right statute, saying that in order for Allen to be guilty of solicitation, he would have had to request money and sex from the officer. Eisenmenger said it was the officer who suggested 'sex for money.' Prosecutor Pat Whitaker countered that the statute under which Allen was charged also prohibits inducing people into prostitution. He said Allen’s actions show he induced the officer into having “sex for hire” by agreeing to pay."

No doubt we'll soon see Allen in the 5th District Court of Appeals.


Florida Rep. Bob Allen Launches Appeal

Remember Florida Rep. Bob Allen who was convicted of solicitation after offering a police officer for $20 to blow him in a public restroom last summer.

Bob_allen_2He has launched an appeal:

"After his conviction in July 2007, Allen resigned. Now he is fighting back. He filed an appeal. Wednesday was his day in court. Outside the courtroom Allen and his wife, Beth, did not run from reporters. Allen couldn't say much -- his attorney Greg Eisenmenger wouldn't let him, but Beth Allen could. When asked if they were getting good support, Beth Allen replied, 'Absolutely, absolutely. The only negatives are the anonymous cowards on the blogs.' She talked about her upcoming election. Beth Allen is running for supervisor of elections. She talked about her husband. 'I am not a stand by your man kind of woman, under any circumstances. If I thought for a moment he was guilty of that which he was charged I would’ve dumped him the next day,' said Beth Allen. And when the courtroom doors opened it was time to make the case for Bob Allen’s appeal."

Allen's conviction resulted in six months of probation and a $250 fine. Allen's resignation cost taxpayers $400,000.


Bob Allen Resignation To Cost Taxpayers $400,000

Last Friday, Florida Rep. Bob Allen, who was sentenced to six months supervised probation and ordered to pay a $250 fine related to a misdemeanor conviction of solicitation of prostitution, resigned from his seat in the Florida House.

Allen_bobAccording to the Orlando Sentinel, "Allen's letter to House Speaker Mario Rubio said he would resign on Feb. 15, 2008, or earlier if a replacement election can be held. In his letter, Allen citied 'the requirements of my family and my private life, and in order to seek justice in the upcoming appeal process' as reasons for his decision."

The chairman of the Florida GOP expressed pleasure at Allen's resignation, however, the taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill. Today the Sentinel reported that it will cost Brevard and Orange Counties at least $200,000 each to hold special elections.

That's one expensive blowjob.

Bob Allen resigns in wake of conviction [orlando sentinel]
Firing Rep. Allen's seat could cost Orange, Brevard $200,000 each [orlando sentinel]


Florida Rep. Bob Allen Gets Six Months Probation, $250 Fine

Florida GOP state Representative Bob Allen was sentenced today to six months supervised probation and ordered to pay a $250 fine related to a misdemeanor conviction of solicitation of prostitution. The jury heard evidence last week related to his arrest in July and found the lawmaker guilty late Friday. Allen was arrested July 11 after allegedly offering a plainclothes police officer $20 for the opportunity to performer oral sex in a public men's room.

AllenAccording to the Palm Beach Post: "Allen, a Merrit Island Republican, could have been sentenced to 60 days in jail. He plans to appeal. In addition to the probation, Allen was fined $250 and must pay $245 for in restitution to the Titusville Police for the initial investigation. Allen also must attend an HIV awareness class, undergo sexually transmitted disease testing and pay court costs."

He'll also have to find another location for his hobby: "He is...forbidden to return to Space View Park where the incident took place."

Allen is lucky that Florida House Bill #1475, which he co-sponsored months before his arrest, failed. According to the Post, "[It would have] increased public sex charges from a misdemeanor to a felony. The proposed bill addressed 'unnatural and lascivious acts or exposure or exhibition of sexual organs' within 1,000 feet of a park, school or child care facility."


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