IPR has been made aware of two different media sources reporting that Kristin Davis, the Libertarian candidate for NYC Comptroller and self-styled “Manhattan Madam”, has been arrested for selling prescription drugs to an informant.
The WSJ article includes a link to a pdf of the criminal complaint.
IPR reached out to LPNY Chair Mark Axinn for comment, and he responded:
I was informed this afternoon that Kristin Davis, a member of the LPNY and the Manhattan LP chapter as well as my friend and neighbor on the Upper East Side, was arrested today in a drug sting by the federal government.
Of course, this is not the first time Ms. Davis has been targeted by law enforcement officials for engaging in non-violent, consensual business arrangements with other adults.
I deplore the treatment she received when previously arrested. I certainly hope that her treatment this time is far less intrusive of her personal dignity and Fourth Amendment rights than what she experienced four years ago.
I know that I speak for all of us in the Libertarian Party of New York in wishing her a speedy and successful resolution to the current situation.
Mark N. Axinn
Those who are familiar will be aware that I (the author of this article and owner of IPR) consider Ms. Davis an enemy, and I am currently suing her.
Nevertheless, it is the opinion of this author and IPR that the investigation, arrest and prosecution of Ms. Davis are wrong on multiple levels. The drug war itself is a disaster. Further, the US Constitution provides no role for the federal government getting involved in local matters such as this. Finally, the use of informants in the drug law enforcement is rife with abuse.