Thursday, July 5, 2007

Remember the D.C. Madame Story?

Well, it didn’t quite go away after all, although it did lay low for a few weeks. Today, a new wrinkle was added, when the judge ruled that Ms. Palfrey can disseminate her call logs. All over D.C., sales of antacids went through the roof.

I wonder how many husbands walked in their front doors tonight and said, "Honey, sit down. We need to talk."

In a ruling filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Judge Gladys Kessler vacated two previous orders that barred veteran pimp Deborah Palfrey from selling or distributing a decade's worth of phone records for Pamela Martin & Associates, the escort service Palfrey founded in 1993 and ran for 13 years. In the ruling, Kessler rejected various prosecution arguments, including the claim that potential witnesses could be harassed if the phone logs were disseminated. Before Kessler issued a pair of temporary restraining orders, Palfrey provided ABC News with four years worth of her escort service's phone logs, which the network used for a May sweeps report on "20/20." The records are Palfrey's own property and not the subject of a government forfeiture action. As such, Kessler ruled, she was not going to take the "extraordinary step of freezing the personal property of an individual, not yet convicted of any crime, and barring her from giving away that property." (emphasis added)

(h/t The Smoking Gun)

So – how many resignations tomorrow? And of those without the sense to resign, how many will have their clearances investigated? (Here's hoping all of 'em.)

I have been saying from the outset that if you think this latest incarnation of a D.C. Madame is about sex, I have a bridge to sell you. This is about national security, and people with top-level clearances consorting and cavorting with hookers.

The Friday news-dump just got a whole lot more interesting!

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