While Clifford might be public opponent No. 1 in some political circles for unabashedly wishing to inform her story about her supposed consensual affair with Donald Trump in 2006 (as she detailed in a 2011 interview with In Touch), she’s barely the sort of harmful criminal we ought to be putting our investigative and prosecutorial resources into capturing. Obviously, Ohio state police authorities considered it needed to dedicate its minimal resources not, in this circumstances, to examining violent criminal activity, and even the deadly drug epidemic sweeping the state and eliminating its homeowners at an impressive rate. Rather, obviously more crucial to guaranteeing Ohioans’ public security Wednesday night was the examination (needing 3 undercover officers) of Clifford, and her subsequent arrest under a part of the law making it a misdemeanor offense for a staff member of a sexually oriented business to purposefully touch a client while “naked” or “seminude.”.
And, just to be clear, “seminude” might technically consist of a female revealing “cleavage with less than a totally nontransparent covering,” so conceal, women, lest your anatomy leaves an uncomfortable neck line! I think the law must be imposed without worry or favor– in a neutral way. And I aim to evaluate the law in a neutral way too; I’ve been covering the Stormy Daniels legend for CNN Opinion since she recorded America’s attention on Jimmy Kimmel and taught all of us a thing or 2 about presumptions we might or might not have about women in the pornography market. And I’ve called them like I’ve seen them when it concerns the legal methods used by Michael Avenatti, Clifford’s non-stop media-savvy lawyer (and he obstructed me on Twitter, potentially for doing so here). So, I’m not just another #TeamStormy sheep (er … lady). But I truly think that Avenatti is ideal to call this stunt out for what it was– a politically determined setup.
As any criminal defense lawyer understands, prosecutorial discretion is a concealed challenge in the criminal justice system. When it is weaponized for political functions, the stability of our judicial system suffers. Ridiculous arrests such as the one versus Clifford not do anything to advance our interests in either public security, or neutrality under the law. Thankfully, for Clifford, with charges dropped she can continue pursuing her civil conflicts with Donald Trump and Michael Cohen in the courtroom– not from behind bars, where she does not belong.