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Palm Springs police sting at Warm Sands did not discriminate against gays, court rules

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The prosecution of four gay men arrested in the 2009 Warm Sands sex sting wasn’t discriminatory, the Riverside County Superior Court has ruled.

Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief with the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of Riverside County on April 19, saying the arrests amounted to discrimination because the operation targeted only gay men.

A three-judge panel concluded that “there is substantial evidence to support the trial court’s determination that the prosecution did not engage in invidious discrimination.”

The 17-page decision was filed Jan. 3. The men have until today to appeal the decision. It’s uncertain if they will.

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