There is nothing funny about sexual assault, but an Orange County Register courthouse reporter named Jolly inadvertently published two memorably hilarious lines this week from the trial of an accused serial rapist.
Well, to be fair: One of the hotdog-related nuggets belongs to criminal defense lawyer Joseph G. Cavallo of Haidl Gang Rape fame.
Cavallo uttered this beauty to a jury during his defense of Aaron Silva:
"Aaron wasn't there to pick up a prostitute," Cavallo said of his client's controversial 2003 trip to a Harbor Boulevard Wienerschnitzel. "He was there to eat."
Law enforcement officials including veteran prosecutor Robert Mestman believe that Silva picked up the hooker at the fast food restaurant, drove her to an industrial area in Garden Grove and attempted to rape her at knifepoint.
According to Cavallo, after agreeing to a $100 sex deal, his hotdog-breath client and the prostitute struggled over a knife and both feared for their lives.
Here's how Jolly described the scene: "The pair struck a deal for 15 minutes of sex for $100, [Cavallo said], adding that Silva paid her but later demanded his money back when he realized the act would be different."
The Reg reporter couldn't bring himself to use the term "intercourse" or "oral copulation" or even "happy ending massage."
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Given the confusion, perhaps Silva had good reason to be irate. Based on other recent hooker cases, a Ben Franklin note for a 15-minute blow job is inflation gone wild. At a swank Newport Beach resort hotel frequented by out-of-town politicians and ultra-rich businessmen? Sure, but not on the streets in central OC.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly