Human and Civil Rights of

Gay Persons

Bruce Nickerson, Attorney

Bruce Nickerson's career focus and expertise is to defend cases on lewd conduct and police sting operations targeting gay men.


Bill O'Riley Interview

Bruce Nickerson has served the gay community for over 30 years and has made new law five times.

  • 2014- People v. Lake & Subsequent Modification

    Published opinion by the Appellate Division which established that a violation of soliciting lewd conduct must involve an intent to perform the act in a public place where it  is likely there will be third persons present to view the proposed conduct.


    People v. Lake  (2007)156 Cal.App.4th Supp. 1 , -- Cal.Rptr.3d Appellate Division, Superior Court, Fresno County


    A subsequent modification of the Cal Crime Jury Instructions based on the Lake case

  • 1996 - Baluyut v. Superior Court

    Unanimous decision by the California Supreme Court which established  discriminatory prosecution as a defense to police sting operations in tearooms and other public places.


    Baluyut v. Superior Court (People) (1996)

    12 Cal. 4th 826 [50 Cal. Rptr. 2d 101, 911 P.2d 1]

  • 1990 - Criminal Jury Instructions

    Persuaded the California Jury Instruction Committee to modify an element on lewd conduct requiring the defendant to know or should know of the presence of persons who are likely to be offended.


    Criminal Jury Instructions, CALCRIM, 2013 #1162

    Read Jury Instructions PDF

  • 1988 - People v. Superior Court

    California Supreme Court ruling  which established that traditional

    interpretations of California's loitering around a toilet statute were unconstitutional.


    People v. Superior Court (Caswell) (1988)

    46 Cal. 3d 381 [250 Cal. Rptr. 515, 758 P.2d 1046]

  • About Bruce, the person ...

    Bruce William Nickerson (born June 21, 1941) is a civil rights and gay rights attorney in California. He is the leading authority on police lewd conduct sting operations in the United States. He currently operates a solo legal practice in San Carlos, California.


    He has argued in front of the California Supreme Court and U.S. Federal Circuit courts regarding civil rights issues affecting gay people. In the late 2000s, he was interviewed by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News regarding a series of cases which he had been arguing on behalf of several hundred defendants related to a sting operation targeting gay men in Fresno, California.


    Nickerson attended Modesto High School in Modesto, California. He holds an A.B. in Economics, with honors, from Stanford University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University.


    His focus on lewd conduct emerged after pursuing several cases addressing such conduct and freedom of speech issues at adult bookstores in the early 1980s in and around the Bay Area of California.


    Nickerson is an avid world-traveler and photographer, having visited six continents and dozens of countries. He has particularly keen interests in hiking, bridges, and waterfalls. . He is also an accomplished organist, a member of the U.S. National Society of Organists, and enjoys giving classical music concerts in his home which contains a pipe organ.

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