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In her son's memory.

Madonna Sterling may finally get her day in court. Close to four years ago, Sterling's 18-year-old son, Marcus Wayman, killed himself after a Schuylkill County, Pa., police officer threatened to out the boy to his grandfather.

In Philadelphia, the third circuit U.S. court of appeals ruled November 6 that Sterling could proceed with her suit against Minersville's police department. Sterling charges that the officers assigned to the case violated her son's right to privacy.

Police arrested Wayman and a male friend in April 1997 after finding them sitting in a car together late at night in an empty parking lot. After finding a condom in the possession of Wayman's friend. one of the officers asked the young men if they were having sex. At the police station, where the boys were taken into custody for underage drinking, the officer allegedly lectured the boys about homosexuality and ordered Wayman to inform his grandfather about his sexual orientation.

Wayman's friend testified that neither teenager was gay. After his release from jail, Wayman shot himself early the next morning.
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Title Annotation:Marcus Wayman's suicide
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2PA
Date:Dec 19, 2000
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