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March 11, 1987

"Mayflower Madam" Sydney Biddle Barrows may keep the profit from her best-selling autobiography and a movie about her life as the madam of a million-dollar call-girl ring, an appeals court ruled. The five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York state Supreme Court unanimously upheld a ruling by state Supreme Court Justice Hortense Gabel that promoting prostitution was a "victimless crime" and thus the so-called "Son of Sam" law does not apply. The law was enacted in 1980 to prevent criminals from profiting from the story of their misdeeds.

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