Montgomery Blair Sibley, the former lawyer of the infamous “DC Madam,” is pushing for the release of his former client’s “black book, which contained the names of all of her clients, as he says it could impact the current presidential election. Sibley represented Deborah Jeane Palfrey in 2008 when she was convicted of federal racketeering and various prostitution charges. Before the “DC Madam” could be sentenced, she committed suicide by hanging. However, prior to the suicide, Palfrey gave her attorney the black book that contained 815 names and phone numbers of her clients, allegedly including numerous politicians. The black book was sealed by a judge, but Sibley says that the contents of the book could impact the current presidential election and should be made public.
— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP) February 1, 2016
The Daily Mail reports that the DC Madam’s former lawyer Montgomery Sibley wants his former client’s black book released to the public noting that it could contain “information relevant to the upcoming presidential election.” The little black book of prostitution clients marred the career of politician and father-of-four David Vetter back during the trial, as the senator admitted to being in the book and ultimately issued an apology to the public for his involvement. Vetter not only admitted to using Palfrey’s services, but he said he had been using the services for seven years before the prostitution ring was busted in 2007. The involvement with Palfrey’s prostitution scandal is still hurting Vetter today, who recently addressed the issue in a campaign video.
“Fifteen years ago, I failed my family but found forgiveness and love. I learned that our falls aren’t what define us but rather how we get up, accept responsibility and earn redemption.”
In addition to Vetter being outed as a user of Palfrey’s DC Madam services, Randall Tobias, a deputy to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was also outed, along with Pentagon adviser Harlan Ullman. However, according to Palfrey’s lawyer, there may be even more political devastation to come from Palfrey’s black book should the full list be released to the public. In fact, Sibley says that information on Palfrey’s client list could have implications for this year’s presidential race. Therefore, Sibley says the book should be unsealed and made available to the public.
“[The records] may contain information relevant to the upcoming presidential election.”
The lawyer does not expose which candidate or candidates may be affected in his statement, but he is urging a judge to lift his gag order so he can release the names from Palfrey’s records. He says that the release should be public knowledge, as it could have an impact on the presidential race. Therefore, it seems that Sibley believes at least one candidate may be involved in some fashion with the scandal.
Lawyer for the late DC Madam says her escort service records “could be relevant” to the presidential election. https://t.co/Ufh1s6p44j
— Dan Friedman (@dfriedman33) February 2, 2016
Could I pull up the dead, rotted corpse of the #DCMadam to point her dead fingers at the political establishment, I would.
— Matt Janovic (@MJanovic) February 2, 2016
Do you think the little black book of client names should be unsealed so that all politicians on the list can answer for their involvement in the prostitution scandal? Is this information that the public needs to know prior to the election? If you discovered that the candidate you support was on Palfrey’s list back in 2007, would that affect your decision to vote for that candidate, or is the DC Madam scandal too far in the past? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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