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Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s reliance on her media-loving civil forfeiture lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, has caused much consternation in D.C. federal court. But Sibley’s law license now may be in jeopardy. A referee for the Florida Supreme Court has recommended that Sibley’s law license be suspended for three years for his failure to pay $100,000 in child support, for which he has already spent more than two months behind bars. Notably, referee Orlando Prescott wrote in the May 7 report that Sibley failed to show up for the final hearing on April 16, even though Prescott left messages and tried to find an amenable time. Sibley says he simply couldn’t make it because he had already scheduled client meetings. The report goes to the Florida Supreme Court for a final decision. A suspension order is likely to result in similar reciprocal discipline in D.C. and New York, where Sibley is also licensed. But Sibley doesn’t believe that’s likely. He also doesn’t think it will stop him from representing Palfrey. “As you may gather, I see the world very differently than most everyone else,” he says. “I’ll work on Palfrey’s case until a federal judge tells me I can’t.” Asked which judge, Sibley replied, “His name is going to end in Roberts, as in Justice.”
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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