Lawyers: DOJ has become morality police

June 06, 2018 06:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for the jailed founder of a self-help group in New York say the government is acting like the "morality police" in his sex-trafficking case.
The accusation was made in court papers filed late Tuesday seeking the release of Keith Raniere on $10 million bond.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have accused Raniere of forming a secret society within the group NXIVM that recruited sex slaves who were branded with his initials.
Defense lawyers say the alleged victims were never abused. Court papers describe them as "curious adults" in search of "happiness, fulfillment and meaning."
Prosecutors had no comment Wednesday.
Actress Allison Mack also is charged in the case. She's best known for playing a teenage friend of Superman in the CW network's "Smallville."

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