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Atlantic City Councilman (and Baptist minister) Eugene Robinson is all Mr Civic Pride boosterish, as his rationalization for giving a young lady a ride to her hotel shows.

“At first I kept saying, ‘No, no, no,’ ” Robinson testified. “But then I thought, If you send a tourist away angry, they’ll tell people not to come to Atlantic City. I don’t think she would have been able to convince me if I wasn’t so tired.”

The lady in question, however, was a prostitute, hired to frame the councilman.

There’s an abstinence angle to this story — and it does sound like an angle — that, if we were cruel and nasty tabloid journalists, we could exploit in order to misconstrue the following:

Though he has not asserted a cause-and-effect relationship, Robinson’s health took a drastic turn for the worse after the existence of the sex video became known. He now lives in a nursing home and was wheeled into court in a wheelchair before the jury arrived, a blanket covering his legs.