Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 25, Ed. 1 Friday, October 18, 2002 Page: 1 of 80
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Lesbian resenten<ed to 7 years
Judge cites "sudden passion" in lowering sentence for Sanchez; previous
25-year term for 1996 murder of partner overturned by appeals court
By David Webb
Dallas Voice Staff
A lesbian sentenced to 25 years for the 1996
murder of her partner was resentenced to
seven years this week after a retrial of the pun-
isliment phase of her prosecution.
Mary Lucia "Stacey" Sanchez, who has
been free on $25,000 appeal bond since
February 1990, was returned to custody after
Judge Manny Alvarez of Criminal District
Court 5 handed down the new sentence.
Alvarez attributed the reduced sentence to the
introduction of new evidence in the resentenc-
ing hearing that allowed for different guide-
Alvarez also fined Sanchez $1,000.
Sanchez, 49, was convicted in July 1997 of
murdering Judy Lynne Green, 37, in the vic-
tim's northwest Dallas home. Green was shot
The sentence was overturned on appeal
after Sanchez served about 30 months. She
reportedly has lived in Fort Worth with an
aunt since her release on appeal.
Assistant District Attorney George West
said that the appeals court overturned the
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Smoking issue flares at City Council
Gay community appears divided
on outright ban on smoking in
public; council appears headed for
total ban in restaurants only
By David Webb
Dallas Voice Staff
The Dallas City Council's proposed ban on
smoking in some — or possibly all — public
places has divided the gay and lesbian com-
munity, as Caven Enterprises officials discov-
ered when they posted a smoking survey on
their Web site this week.
"It's obviously a very polarizing issue,"
said Rick Espaillat, spokesman for the Oak
Lawn entertainment company that owns four
bars in the Crossroads area. "This is a hot but-
ton issue. People feel very passionately about
it both ways."
The Website received 600 responses to the
survey in a 24-hour period — three times the
number of hits the company usually sees in a
day's time, Espaillat said. The survey will con-
tinue for about a week, at which time the
results will be released, he said.
Espaillat said there appears to be three
camps — smokers who are adamant about
their right to smoke, people who only smoke
when they drink and nonsmokers.
"I'm getting a lot of letters from people
who say they would like to go out and enjoy
themselves at the clubs and not go home
smelling like an ashtray," he said.
The issue is so compelling to some that they
apparently are trying to "manipulate" the sur-
Caven Enterprises spokesman Rick Espaillat, left, said the company's online survey
about smoking in its four nightclubs has generated strong emotions on both sides of
the issue. Gay City Councilman Ed Oakley, right, urged community members to voice
their opinions to their council representatives. "I would really like to know what the
opinion of our community is," Oakley said.
vey results, said Espaillat, who is a nonsmok-
"I'm getting a lot of duplicate responses,"
Caven Enterprises decided to post the sur-
vey after learning from Dallas City Council
member Ed Oakley that all smoking could be
banned in restaurants, and that nightclubs
might not be safe from the restrictions either,
"We know there are several different ways
it could go," Espaillat said. "We just decided to
poll our guests and see what their thoughts on
the subject is."
The Dallas City Council decided on
Wednesday to return the issue to its health
committee after opponents of the proposed
ban packed the Council briefing room, voicing
concerns about economic repercussions.
The committee recommended earlier in the
week that the city ban smoking in restaurants
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lennis Hensley stl
new book, which fuses
movie watching parties
and his friends' catty
comments for our
In Punch Drunk Love,
Adam Sandler turns in
a brilliant performance
as a sad-sack, disturbed
loner whose seven tor-
menting sisters call him
Iconoclastic soul sister
and bassist extraordi- &
Ndegeocello offers her
regarding music pirat-
ing via the Internet. I
Dominatrix and educa-
tor Fetish Diva Midori
whips things into shape
at Beyond Vanilla XII, a
ence aimed at spicing
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