I kind of figured that a guy named Montgomery Blair Sibley would have an interesting past, and it seems I was right:
Montgomery Blair Sibley, attorney for the morally impugned and legally challenged, is first and foremost Montgomery Blair Sibley, which is to say a descendant of some of the most powerful families in Washington history. Various relatives served as Lincoln’s postmaster, or established Blair House, or governed Maryland or founded the Western Union Telegraph Co., or, before we forget, pretty much created Montgomery County’s suburbs (yes, a Silver Spring high school bears his first two names).
Now, because his most prominent client of the moment is an alleged madam who is said to possess the names of 10,000 Washington clients, some of whom are alleged to be high-profile, he is also a busy, busy lawyer.
There are other concerns in his life, too.
While this 50-year-old scion of the highborn has recently been suggesting that he could make public the names of the 10,000 in order to protect his client Deborah Jeane Palfrey, he had to pay less attention to urgent business in two other places.
One was Florida, where the state bar was seeking to yank his license for at least two years. He was found guilty in absentia (in part for being a “vexatious litigant”) and now faces suspension if not disbarment. “He is someone who abuses the legal process,” says Barnaby Min, counsel for the Florida Bar.
The second was in Montgomery County, where he was to stand trial for failing to pay $11,218.20 in past-due rent on office space in Gaithersburg for a tiny shipping-crate company he heads. That trial was continued.
Something is amiss here, and we haven’t even gotten to the part where he sued the U.S. Supreme Court for treason (twice!), asking for $1 million in damages. Or that he spent 77 days in a Miami jail for refusing to pay child support. Or that Maryland has stopped him from running a law office in the state. Or that federal prosecutors in Palfrey’s case say Sibley’s filings are so ignorant of basic legal tenets that they are “almost incoherent.”
All of this is bad, because it also means we haven’t even mentioned “Big Pimping Pappy” yet.
And it seems that Sibley has represented people like Palfrey before, which is where the Big Pimping Pappy a/k/a Arthur Vannover comes in:
BPP ran an escort service in Fort Lauderdale a few years back. He got busted and deported (he’s Dutch), then sued his clients for having sex with his employees. Sibley was his attorney.
It was the same tactic Sibley is using now to advise Palfrey: The manager of BPP’s escort service was merely providing “quality time with a quality woman,” Sibley told MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson in an on-camera interview in March 2006. Customers had to sign a receipt saying they wouldn’t engage in illegal sexual activity. If they did, then they broke the law.
Sibley sued them for breach of contract.
Let’s go to the videotape:
Carlson: “You sound like you look down on these men. That they would somehow get the idea that just because you call an escort service . . . and have a girl in a tube top and a vinyl skirt come over to your hotel room — that somehow they got the idea sex was involved. You sound like you’re unimpressed with their judgment.”
Sibley: “Well, Tucker, is that what the girls look like that come to your hotel room?”
Carlson: “I don’t have girls come to my hotel room who I’m not married to.”
But Tucker, you’re the guy who sat in a chair while a scantily clad woman danced around you.?
But this is about Sibley. Go read the whole article, it’s really worth it.