A federal jury has convicted Deborah Jeane Palfrey of running a high-end prostitution ring whose clients included members of Washington's political elite.
Palfrey was found guilty Tuesday of racketeering and money laundering.
Palfrey repeatedly denied that the escort service she ran for 13 years, Pamela Martin & Associates, engaged in prostitution. She said if any of the women engaged in sex acts for money, they did so without her knowledge.
Palfrey caused a sensation last year when she announced that to raise money for her defense, she intended to sell her phone records to any news outlet willing to pay.
Sounds like someone might start talking now that Palfrey is facing serious penalties. I honestly don't think we've heard a fraction of the real story about why she was prosecuted in such a zealous manner. I've long argued that her client list contained the names of people with high security clearances, and that makes the story a national security issue, not a sex and gossip story that should have been pursued differently; as in, OK Ms Palfrey--you now have full immunity. Let's have a clear, open and honest look at your clients and let's see who they are so we can revoke or suspend their security clearances and get to the bottom of what went on here.
I mean, if club-hopping arms-dealing Eurotrash gets a reprieve from having to testify before Congress after screwing the taxpayer out of several hundred million dollars, how do you justify going after Palfrey like this?