Owner of Duncanville swingers club the Cherry Pit convicted
By JON NIELSEN / The Dallas Morning News
The city of Duncanville is another step closer to shutting down a notorious swingers club after its owner's guilty verdict.
Jurors deliberated for about 45 minutes Tuesday before finding Jim Trulock guilty on 10 counts of illegally operating the club known as the Cherry Pit from his home.
"It's indicative of a climate of intolerance in the city of Duncanville," Cherry Pit attorney Ed Klein said after the two-day trial.
He argued that his client isn't operating a business and that he is entitled to his privacy.
Mr. Klein also has a civil case pending against the city challenging its ordinance. It's unclear what effect Tuesday's verdict will have on those cases.
"This is not a house that is being used as a residence," Mrs. Lafferty told the jury during closing arguments. "There aren't too many people who have a stripper pole in the middle of their living room or a bar upstairs where you have a bartender serving drinks."
She also showed waivers that Cherry Pit patrons must sign stating they will not sue Mr. Trulock or "employees."
"Those are things you see in a business, not in a home."
But Mr. Klein said during closing arguments that the state's witnesses didn't present enough evidence to find his client guilty.
Some of the witnesses chose to stay in the courtroom to hear Judge Kent Traylor read the jury's verdict. Several shook their heads in apparent disbelief.
"Duncanville's motto is 'the perfect blend of family, community and business,' and Mr. Trulock just doesn't fit in," Mr. Klein said in his closing argument. "They designed an ordinance around him to try to run him out of town."