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Accused D.C. madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s legal defense has generated an unusual array of tactics. Last week, she dropped the name — as well as the address and phone number — of someone she says used her, um, professional services. The April 12 filing was made as part of a protest to an earlier court order that refused Palfrey’s request for $500,000 to hire a new criminal-defense team. At a hearing, Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said she was upset that the filing included private information normally barred from disclosure. Palfrey’s “alleged” pro se filing was hardly ordinary. At the bottom of the motion, her civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley (who has had his own share of legal trouble), indicated that he had assisted her. Kessler was concerned about this so-called legal advice and the inclusion of information that “may be detrimental to her.” What’s more, Kessler was unnerved that Palfrey’s criminal attorney, A.J. Kramer, “who is very experienced in representing criminal defendants,” was not involved or even told of the filing. So Kessler issued a strong rebuke, barring Palfrey (or anyone aiding her) from filing anything without giving Kramer five days’ notice. She further ordered the clerk of the court not to accept any more pro se filings from Palfrey. Sibley says he plans to bring Kessler’s ruling to the attention of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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