“Photography Is Not a Crime” Prosecutor Fired for Abusing Position for Lap Dances

Future plotline for "The Good Wife"?Credit: Bruce Wayne Stanley at PINACMiami-Dade Assistant State Attorney Ari Pregen tried and failed last November to get “Photography Is Not a Crime” activist Carlos Miller convicted of resisting Miami police while attempting to cover officers breaking up an Occupy protest encampment.

Miller blogged about his own trial, the crux of which seemed to be based on the idea that Miller wasn’t a “real” journalist and didn’t kowtow to the police the way “real” journalists do. Here’s how Miller described Pregen’s argument:

A real journalist, he explained, was supposed to follow police orders without a second thought. A real journalist would never back talk to police. A real journalist would never question a direct police order as to why he was not allowed to stand on a public sidewalk.

That’s all bullshit, as Miller’s lawyer pointed out, and even got a Miami Herald reporter who had been at the scene (and was not arrested) to testify on Miller’s behalf. The jury freed him after all of 30 minutes of deliberation.

It’s amusing, now, to read Pregen’s lecture on appropriate professional behavior. He’s been fired for using his badge to get special treatment at a strip club. When getting lap dances. Via the Miami New Times:

Around 1 in the morning, Pregen lost his cool when he used his credit card to pay for lap dances. He was annoyed that Goldrush -- like all strip clubs -- wanted to collect a 15 percent surcharge for swiping his plastic. Anyone familiar with strip-club etiquette understands that obtaining bands for lap dances usually comes with a vig (or vigorish). That's why patrons in the know stop at an ATM before they step through the front door.

Clearly, Pregen didn't get the memo. [Club Manager Jeff] Levy alleges Pregen tried to intimidate the female employee who ran his credit card by stating "he is a state attorney and he dares her to charge him... Mr. Pregen goes on to flash his badge again to the female employee." The assistant prosecutor also claimed it was illegal for the club to take his fingerprint because he was a state employee. (To prevent allegations of committing credit card fraud, strip clubs will take a customer's fingerprint and driver's license.) …

The strip club manager decided to report Pregen because he was "highly upset that a person would abuse his power and position as a state attorney, demanding things for free and intimidate the working-class person."

This is actually the second instance of a prosecutor going after Miller getting canned, though, sadly, neither firing was because they abused their authority by going after him in the first place.

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  • John||

    It is amazing how these douche bags are always the ones causing trouble. You would think if you were misusing your position, you might be nice to the staff and not piss anyone off.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    If you were nice to people and not pissing off folks, you probably would not be the type of person to misuse your position, yes?

  • John||

    Pretty much.

  • ||

    Isn't much of the point of wanting the position the ability to misuse it?

  • Loki||

    Yep. Not much point in having power or authoritay if you don't get to abuse it.

  • Hugh Akston||

    But to people in positions of authority, there is no such thing as abuse. Everything they do is a legitimate exercise of their office.

  • BlogimiDei||

    Just ask any dumb fuck officer in the miltary. Every idea they have is a good one and should be fully followed through.

  • phandaal||

    There's a special term for that, actually: "good idea fairy."

  • deified||

    Here's Pregen's LinkedIn profile.

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ari-pregen/16/128/40b

    It looks like he's about 28 years old.

    I wonder if the Bar Association will be interested in this sort of behavior.

  • phandaal||

    Note that it took him 5 years to get a degree in Philosophy. What a freaking moron. Good riddance.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    "sadly, neither firing was because they abused their authority by going after him in the first place."

    We'll take what we can get, as far as firings of douchebag prosecutors goes. (You are right, however).

  • sarcasmic||

    douchebag prosecutors

    Isn't that a bit redundant?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A real titty bar patron would know to bring the singles.

  • $park¥||

    Do couples even go to titty bars?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

  • ||

    Yes.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Do couples even go to dungeons?

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Singles? Not gonna happen in the Bernanke era. You better be ready to stuff the Lincolns at least.

  • ||

    It’s amusing, now, to read Pregen’s lecture on appropriate professional behavior

    This is known as "The Spitzer Complex".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Charlie: Alright. So what's the vig?
    Frank: What?
    Charlie: Yeah, man. What's the vig on this action?
    Frank: Do you even know what vig means?

  • ||

    Dennis: I will jam you up so hard. I will jam you from morning until night. You wanna get jammed up?

    Pedestrian: No.

    Dennis: Huh? You like getting jammed up?

    Pedestrian: No.

    Dennis: No. I didn't think so.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Except Spitzer wasn't stupid enough to advertise his identity.

  • Fluffy||

    One down, thousands more to go.

  • NeonCat||

    Thousands more springing up to replace them. An unceasing torrent of people saying "I don't know what to do with my life, might as well go to law school", and/or, "I'm going to put scumbags behind bars."

  • The Late P Brooks||

    DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Yeah, you're the dick whose dickishness was too much even for a prosecutor's office in Miami.

  • ||

    He looks like a crapweasel. Strippers were probably the only women to give him the time of day.

  • Hugh Akston||

    But he's so cute in his little suit. Just like a grownup.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    I stopped at an ATM inside a strip club once.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    I just said "fuck it".

  • JW||

    Barkeep! Schadenfreude for everyone!

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Why the heck would a public official advertise his identity at a flerking strip club? That's beyond stupid, unless he was pulling a Pee Wee and intentionally getting in trouble to get out of a contract.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    "Why the heck would a public official advertise his identity at a flerking strip club?"

    Because he's a fucking belligerent elitist who thinks his poop doesn't smell. Young tiny-brained organ sacks with access to power tend to get hooked by their own noxious arrogance.

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