From Roll Call
's Heard on the HIll column
The lawyer representing the alleged madam of a prostitution ring that operated in D.C. for 13 years says itâs a âmathematical certaintyâ his clientâs not-so-little black book includes some of Roll Callâs readers, i.e., power players in and around Congress.
Attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, who is representing accused madam Jeane Palfrey, tells HOH Palfrey hasnât told him if the client list includes lawmakers. âBut itâs a pretty good bet,â Sibley said.
Palfrey, who denies her âadult fantasy firmâ was illegal, has only generated a few thousand dollars from donations to her Web site, www.deborahjeanepalfrey.com, Sibley said, so she still is considering selling records of her decade-plus operation to pay her legal bills, which likely will run well into six figures.
Palfrey is expected to be arraigned Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
âThe quality of the escorts would attract a high-quality clientele,â Sibley said, explaining his certainty that the list includes droppable-in-Washington names. Other factors pointing to lobbyists, lawmakers and other bigwigs? âThe cost and the location of the meetings â they were always in upscale hotels or in upscale parts of D.C., Maryland and Virginia.â
Naughty boldfacers on the list have plenty to be nervous about. Sibley said he isnât sure when his client will decide what to do with her records. But for now, selling them âseems to be her only option,â he said.
As we reported before
, Palfrey's lawyer told us that the madam herself "will cooperate with whoever acquires the information to supplement it with other information at her disposal."