Prostitute Seekers Could Loose Wheels

Originally Posted July 7, 2008

The Easton City Council is considering a law that would let the city permanently seize the car of anyone caught cruising for a prostitute.

However, it is unclear if such a law would hold up in court. Easton defense lawyer Gary Asteak said the city cannot impose a severe penalty for what state law calls a misdemeanor.

Still, Pennsylvania law lets police seize cars used in drug deals.

Police Chief Larry Palmer said he doesn't know how the courts will rule, but said such a law is worth trying. Once a few cars are seized, it will make people think twice about going into Easton to find a prostitute, Palmer said.

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