Busted!

NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

On Septem­ber 6, 1990, Metro Toronto Po­lice bust NOW for pros­ti­tu­tion, lay­ing 14 “com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the pur­pose’’ charges. Exec edi­tor Alice Klein and pub­lisher Michael Hol­lett are charged af­ter the moral­ity squad spends six months in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pa­per’s busi­ness per­son­als. This de­spite the fact that se­nior at­tor­neys in the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice urged cop­pers to hold off. NOW lawyer Clay­ton Ruby warns of a breach of the con­sti­tu­tion. And sure enough, within weeks – as the new pro­vin­cial NDP gov­ern­ment set­tles in – the Crown drops the charges, ar­gu­ing there was “no legal ba­sis.”

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