ACLU to Defend NAMBLA

Associated Press
Aug. 31, 2000

BOSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union will represent a group that
advocates sex between men and boys in a lawsuit brought by the family of
a slain 10-year-old.

The family of Jeffrey Curley of Cambridge said the North American Man/Boy
Love Association and its web site which is now off-line incited the
attempted molestation and murder of the boy on Oct. 1, 1997.

One of two men convicted in the killing, Charles Jaynes, 25, reportedly
viewed the group’s web site shortly before the killing, and also had in
his possession some of NAMBLA’s publications. Also convicted in the
killing was 24-year-old Salvatore Sicari.

The ACLU said the case, filed in federal court in mid-May, involves
issues of freedom of speech and association.

“For us, it is a fundamental First Amendment case,” John Roberts,
executive director of the Massachusetts branch of the ACLU, told Boston
Globe Wednesday. “It has to do with communications on a web site, and
material that does not promote any kind of criminal behavior whatsoever.”

ACLU officials said NAMBLA members deny encouraging coercion, rape or
violence.

Attorney Lawrence Frisoli, who represents the Curleys, said he is glad
the ACLU is defending NAMBLA, because he has had trouble locating the
group’s members.

Harvey Silverglate, an ACLU board member, said Wednesday that the group’s
attorneys will try to block any attempt by the Curleys to get NAMBLA’s
membership lists, or other materials identifying members.

The ACLU also will act as a surrogate for NAMBLA, allowing its members to
defend themselves in court while remaining anonymous.

According to the Globe, NAMBLA officials in the past have said their main
goal is the abolition of age-of-consent laws that classify sex with
children as rape.

At two separate trials last year, prosecutors said Jaynes and Sicari were
sexually obsessed with the boy, lured him from his Cambridge neighborhood
with the promise of a new bike, and then smothered him with a
gasoline-soaked rag when he resisted their sexual advances. They then
stuffed him into a concrete-filled container and dumped it into a Maine
river.

Sicari, convicted of first-degree murder, is serving a life sentence
without the possibility of parole. Jaynes’ second-degree murder and
kidnapping convictions enable him to seek parole in 23 years.

The Curleys last week were awarded $328 million by a superior court jury
in a civil suit against Jaynes and Sicari.

Copyright (c) 2000 The Associated Press

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