Mark Foley Criminal Probe Opened

Florida has opened a criminal investigation into his e-mails and conduct.

"It was a preliminary inquiry before, but we found the basis to open up a criminal investigation," Kristen Perezluha, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said Thursday. She would not elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation. The FBI is also investigating whether Foley broke any federal laws.

What might the charges be?

Florida law prohibits seducing or attempting to seduce a minor. However, authorities have said the term "seduce" is open to interpretation.

If there is no evdience of actual physical seduction of minors, they ought to save the taxpayers' money or spend it on real child molesters. Splitting hairs over the definition of "seduce" is overkill.

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    Foley (none / 0) (#1)
    by koshembos on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 10:29:38 PM EST
    This society is adamant on turning its citizens into criminals with the drop of the wrong hat, Foley is an obvious target. For dirty thoughts he was already punished plenty.

    seduce (none / 0) (#2)
    by 1980Ford on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 11:47:41 PM EST
    If they can expand their powers by expanding the definition of "seduce," they will do so. Everyone is aware of that by now. Plus it will be a nice PR move. It is interesting to compare budget graphs and  notice the sharp rise in law enforcement/prosecution budgets over the years compared to the flat line of public defenders. That "fuzzy math" requires good PR.