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The Alleged D.C. Madam Speaks

by @ 4:09 pm on April 30, 2007. Filed under Deborah Jeane Palfrey, Washington DC

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who stands accused of running a prostitution business that catered to Washington’s power brokers, was in Court today and spoke to reporters afterwards:

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the alleged “D.C. Madam” facing federal racketeering charges for running an escort service that prosecutors say was a prostitution ring, denounced the case against her today as “very, very rotten” and said her strategy of disclosing clients’ phone numbers to elicit the names of potential defense witnesses is starting to pay off.

In a combative statement read to reporters after a court appearance in Washington, Palfrey said she was “genuinely sorry” for one of her former clients, Randall L. Tobias, whose name has been disclosed. “I unfortunately know firsthand the impact such a revelation can have upon one’s life,” she said. “My family and I have suffered considerably since the onset of the government’s charges against me last October.”

Yes, yes, everyone is wrongfully accused. But what about the phone records that all of Washington is talking about ?

Appearing outside the courthouse with Montgomery Blair Sibley, her lawyer in a civil suit seeking the return of her seized assets, Palfrey said she initially planned to sell her telephone records to raise money for her defense but abandoned the idea “for fear the records would end up in the possession of an unscrupulous person or persons.” She described the decision as “an ethically conscientious choice” and said it was made “irrespective” of a court order prohibiting the sale.

Instead, Palfrey said, reading from a statement written in stilted language, she decided to hand some of the records over to ABC News “without compensation and/or promises or guarantees of any sort.” While ABC News is under no obligation to her, “I do expect their reporting to help identify potential witnesses for my defense,” she said.

“For me this is an absolute necessity, since the government has placed me in the untenable position whereby I do not have sufficient moneys to undertake this extraordinarily expensive task on my own.” She said her hope that combing through the records would yield the names of defense witnesses “is indeed being realized.”

Not to mention that it will make the inevitable post-legal troubles book deal even more lucartive.

And, of course, it always helps to butter up the media:

Appearing outside the courthouse with Montgomery Blair Sibley, her lawyer in a civil suit seeking the return of her seized assets, Palfrey said she initially planned to sell her telephone records to raise money for her defense but abandoned the idea “for fear the records would end up in the possession of an unscrupulous person or persons.” She described the decision as “an ethically conscientious choice” and said it was made “irrespective” of a court order prohibiting the sale.

Instead, Palfrey said, reading from a statement written in stilted language, she decided to hand some of the records over to ABC News “without compensation and/or promises or guarantees of any sort.” While ABC News is under no obligation to her, “I do expect their reporting to help identify potential witnesses for my defense,” she said.

“For me this is an absolute necessity, since the government has placed me in the untenable position whereby I do not have sufficient moneys to undertake this extraordinarily expensive task on my own.” She said her hope that combing through the records would yield the names of defense witnesses “is indeed being realized.”

And thus a nice little symbiotic relationship is created. The media helps Palfrey and Plafrey helps the media. It’s no coincidence that her interview on 20/20 is airing at the start of the May sweeps period.

Whatever everyone motives are, and whatever the truth might be, I think it’s shaping up to be a fun summer.

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