Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Are you kinky ..... well are you?"

Potential jurors in Zumba case face probing questions
A truth too naked
By Margery Eagan
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
“Do you have a domination fetish?”

“Have you dealt with this by hiring a prostitute?”

“Was this a wise investment for you, sir?”

Sadly for dozens of presumably upstanding Maine residents called for the jury pool in the so-called “Zumba” prostitution trial, these are the kind of sexual questions they may be asked.

Worse: A judge’s effort to keep the questioning private has been overturned by the state’s highest court.

Even worse: As early as this morning, potential jurors could be back on the stand in open court fielding questions about their attitudes toward prostitution.

For those who think government already probes too deeply into the personal life of its citizens, this would seem to be a probe too far.

As for a possible “domination fetish” inquiry — well, a list of domination fetishes was among the items taken from Zumba instructor and alleged prostitute Alexis Wright, 30, and her alleged accomplice Mark Strong, 57, reports Vanity Fair magazine — along with four bottles of baby oil, five cameras and four camcorders with which Strong allegedly filmed Wright’s unwitting customers in action.

Oh my.

Is this line of questioning fair to potential jurors, who are just doing their civic duty?

“Is life fair?” asked a philosophical Keith Parent, 27, a carpenter working on a building on Main Street in Kennebunk yesterday.

“They won’t tell the truth anyway,” said his co-worker Dominic Rush, 47, of Arundel.

“Well, it’s a lot more interesting if you hear this stuff, too,” quipped David White, 65, in an antiques store down the street.

“If it’s me on the stand, I’d say it’s not pertinent,” said Denise Senecal, a clerk at the Kennebunk Inn, where she said an ABC news crew, hot after the Zumba story, had camped out for days.

Senecal was one of many locals who said too much has been made of a case involving “only adults, no children, no coercion involved.” Other merchants said it all reflects badly on picturesque Kennebunk, a summer mecca heretofore best known as former President George H. W. Bush’s summer home.

But the story went viral when it turned out that the friendly mother and popular Zumba instructor allegedly led a second life well advertised in semi-naked, naked and even pornographic pictures online.

Then police created a panic and an uproar by releasing names of her alleged johns, some of whom were locally well known. Let’s just say many locals wished they’d never heard of Alexis Wright.

A man who answered the door yesterday at Wright’s Wells home said no comment.

The secluded chalet style, cedar colored three-bedroom with the wraparound porch, almost five miles from a main road, is up for sale for $255,000.

The Zumba studio, and scene of the many alleged crimes, is for rent in a strip mall between Best Nails salon and Toppings pizza.

A pizza worker said he’s a witness in the case, which resumes at 8:30 this morning.

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