In October I posted on a bathhouse raid in Dallas that resulted in eleven arrests for "public lewdness," "indecent exposure," and one with "interfering with police." The county was going to argue that a bathhouse with membership and everything was, in fact, a public space because the public can enter. I think that's a fairly asinine argument; moreover, from a policy perspective, don't we want gay sex to happen in a building made for it? I keep on hearing about how cities are worried about unsupervised children going to parts of public parks at night where guys cruise, so keeping a gated alternative open would seem like a good idea.
Anyway, charges were dropped against seven of the men and the other charges are expected to be dropped:
DPD's vice unit has said it conducted the raid, which made national news and was the first at a gay bathhouse in Dallas in recent memory, in response to a citizen complaint.
"Their only concern is, can we even prove these cases? And I don't believe that they think they can," [defense attorney Michael] Lowe said. "If we had trials on all these cases, it would be 10 not guiltys in a row."