By Chris Roberts
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By Albert Samaha
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By Erin Sherbert
By Joe Eskenazi
By Albert Samaha
Pray We Shall
I have just read your excellent article by Lisa Davis on the arrest of Raeshel Keavy and some of her associates ("Madam I Am," Feb. 3). Though I am co-Webmaster of a Web site on legal prostitution in Nevada, I strongly believe that the escort agency that Keavy ran was a much better model of how prostitution should be handled than that of the legal Nevada brothels. The high regard that her workers held for her speaks for itself, and shows that prostitutes can, in fact, live happy, productive lives where they get to make their own decisions.
Someday, our society will learn that what consenting adults do behind closed doors is their business and theirs alone. Let us pray that that day comes sooner rather than later.
San Jose Prudes
Two thumbs down to the San Jose cops for busting Raeshel Keavy ("Madam I Am"). This event is a stab in the back to the pursuit of carnal pleasure by consenting adults. San Jose may be a large and populous city, but it is not a cosmopolitan metropolis.
Two other events in San Jose's recent past stand out as examples of its moral prudery and small-town state of mind: Tom Campbell's (R-San Jose) vote to impeach Bill Clinton for receiving blow jobs from Monica Lewinsky and who knows who else in the White House Oval Office, and the San Jose Mercury News' editorial support of the Communications Decency Act.
Madam's Employees Protest
While we applaud the long, tedious process your reporter must have taken to go through an incredible amount of paperwork in order to write the article "Madam I Am," she possibly was misled by the San Jose Police Department about some pertinent facts. The District Attorney's Office is most likely not to blame for most of the inaccuracies.
Like your reporter, the DA's Office, including Chuck Gillingham, was originally misled regarding the nature of the "probable cause" needed in order to conduct the police investigation. The DA's Office has gone so far as to admit this. Of course Raeshel was dumbfounded when San Jose police arrested her, but not for the reasons you were told. Yes, she didn't advertise there, and as a result we didn't get many inquires from San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, etc.
When the bust was first done in June 1998, the SJPD was giving many interviews with TV reporters stating, "Ms. Keavy had started recruiting employees from the San Jose area with the intention of targeting the San Jose business traveler market." They also had told this to the newspaper reporters at that time.
Most of her former employees, including us, were incredulous, and asking each other, "What in the world are they talking about?" Many of us had worked on and off for Raeshel for quite a few years, and in that whole time none of us believe we've done more than a handful of calls in the San Jose area.
While it would be easy to write us off as not credible, since obviously many would believe we are morally bankrupt and were involved in a criminal conspiracy, we are still quite capable of recognizing truth from fiction. Your reporter has even admitted that a high percentage of us "employees" are college educated. The theories that San Jose police stated as their probable cause have now shown to be baseless. We do not hold the DA's Office responsible, because most likely they knew very little about the case until after Raeshel was originally arrested.
At that point, they were professionally required to go ahead with some sort of prosecution of the individuals they held most accountable. Anyone familiar with police investigations knows that, in order to investigate someone, you need what is referred to as "probable cause." This is so police do not have the ability to go around investigating and conducting searches on just anybody they feel like. This is in order to protect the public from "baseless" police harassment. Unlike in China, and many other countries, our lawmakers are against rogue police activity, thus they have always required this "probable cause" scenario.
This did not apply to Raeshel's case. The statements made by the SJPD regarding the "recruitment and targeting" in San Jose have turned out to be fictional, no fault of the DA's Office. It should have become quite clear to Ken Willy and his superior, Lt. Farmer, that none of the "recruiting and targeting" they had originally suspected was going on, which should have ended the investigation at that point, but it didn't. They instead called up posing as clients and were paid by the city of San Jose to watch "gorgeous" girls undress, and then agree to provide specific acts for money.
We have a hard time believing that could not have been accomplished without repeatedly having the girls strip down to nothing, as they have stated. Do you honestly believe this was not providing some form of entertainment for the police officers involved, at the expense of taxpayer dollars? Men are men!