Louis J. Posner

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Louis J. Posner
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Born (1956-05-29) May 29, 1956 (age 65)
New York, New York
Residence New York, New York
Nationality United States
Education Drexel University (B.S.) 1979
Pace University (M.S.) 1985
New York Law School (J.D.) 1989
Known for Activism

Louis J. Posner (May 29, 1956) is an American activist who founded VoterMarch in 2001. Formerly an attorney in New York, he was later disbarred following a guilty plea to promoting prostitution at a strip club.

Activism

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Posner Speaking at Voter Rights March in Washington, D.C.

In November 2000, Posner founded VoterMarch, a nation-wide not-for-profit organization for voter rights and electoral reform, in response to irregularities in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election in Florida.[1] VoterMarch was headquartered in New York City and included affiliate chapters VoterMarch DC, Seattle VoterMarch, and Voter West.

Strip club

Posner also operated the Hot Lap Dance Club, which in 2008 was listed by Askmen.com as the number one strip club in the world.[2]

Following an undercover sting operation at the Hot Lap Dance Club, Posner was arrested in New York City on July 17, 2008, and charged with promoting prostitution at that club. The prosecution also charged Posner with laundering money from the Hot Lap Dance Club through various bank accounts, including Voter March's account.[1] In an exclusive jailhouse interview days after his arrest, Posner insisted that the Hot Lap Dance Club was one of the cleanest clubs around and that law enforcement were "making a mountain out of a molehill."[3]

In March 2010, just prior to his scheduled criminal trial date, Posner was re-arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts for falsely reporting police corruption to the Internal Affairs Bureau. Posner had accused the NYPD Vice Enforcement police of attempting to "shake him down while operating the club", and that a competitor club had also bribed the NYPD to close down his club. That same day, while jailed on the new misdemeanor charges, Posner pleaded guilty to the making of false reports, and to one count of promoting prostitution in the third degree, a felony. He was sentenced to 5 years' probation (the terms of which forbid him to own or enter into any strip club) and sixty days of community service.[4][5][6] As a result of his guilty plea, Posner was automatically disbarred by New York.[7][8][9] Under the plea agreement, the money laundering charge was dismissed.

At the time of Posner's arrest in July 2008, authorities seized over a half million dollars in Posner's funds, which could be subject to a civil asset forfeiture proceeding as "criminal proceeds" from the strip club operations. The State Supreme Court Judge subsequently issued an order permitting Posner's use of these seized funds for payment of attorneys' fees, private investigator fees, accountant's fees, and necessary living expenses. Following a request by the NYPD for a stay of all payments and for reconsideration, Manhattan Judge Michael Obus issued a memorandum decision in March 2011 refusing to vacate the orders for payments. The NYPD appealed the Judge's Decision.[10] In July 2011, the New York Appellate Division unanimously affirmed the decision and orders of the State Supreme Court directing the release of seized funds for those purposes.[11]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eligon, John; Baker, Al (19 July 2008). "Lawyer Is Accused of Using Reform Group to Launder Money From Strip Club". New York Times (New York City): p. B3. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/nyregion/19brothel.html. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. AskMen.com Top10: Strip Clubs, 2008 Top 10: Strip Clubs
  3. Jaccarino, Mike (July 20, 2008). "Strip club owner 'shocked' at allegations, insists biz one of 'cleanest'". NY Daily News: p. 1. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/strip-club-owner-shocked-allegations-insists-biz-cleanest-article-1.350953. 
  4. Matter of Posner, 80 AD3d 238 (2010)
  5. Italiano, Laura (2010-03-23). "No-jail deal for Manhattan lap-dance king". New York Post. http://nypost.com/2010/03/23/no-jail-deal-for-manhattan-lap-dance-king/. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  6. Italiano, Laura (2013-02-28). "Still no strip clubs for ‘Big Daddy’ boss: judge". New York Post. http://nypost.com/2013/02/28/still-no-strip-clubs-for-big-daddy-boss-judge/. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. Debra Cassens Weiss (2010-12-17). "Tax Lawyer Loses Disbarment Appeal After Strip Club Guilty Plea". ABA Journal. http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/tax_lawyer_loses_disbarment_appeal_after_strip_club_guilty_plea/. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  8. Gregorian, Dareh (17 December 2010). "'Laps' in Judgment". New York Post (New York City): p. 8. 
  9. In re Posner, 914 N.Y.S.2d 24 (N.Y. App. Div. 2010), appeal denied, 947 N.E.2d 163 (N.Y. 2010).
  10. "New York Use of Seized Cash for Legal Fees Spurs NYC Debate Couple Drew on $550,000 in Forfeited Assets to Pay Lawyers". LegalNews.com. AP. April 23, 2010. http://www.legalnews.com/detroit/677502. 
  11. People v. Posner, 86 A.D.3d 443, 926 N.Y.S.2d 287 (1st Dept. 2011)