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No one ever accused “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey of being slow off the mark. Palfrey already has created an “Escort Service Telephone Release Agreement” shortly after Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia quashed a temporary restraining order that had barred the release of phone records containing former clients of Palfrey’s escort service. Palfrey faces racketeering charges and had her assets frozen after the government charged her escort service veered into prostitution. In her July 5 order, Kessler stated the phone records have generated “much controversy and speculation,” but she noted the records weren’t seized by the government or listed in the indictment as property subject to forfeiture. The U.S. Attorney’s Office had argued that Palfrey’s civil forfeiture lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, intended to harass potential witnesses by distributing the phone list. Palfrey’s “little black book” isn’t that little, weighing in at more than 40 pounds, with phone records from 1993 to 2006. Palfrey’s Web site states the list is available for free to “any American media or press outlet, published blogger or registered or incorporated public service organization or charity.” Palfrey warns it “will take a small army of people skilled in computer and phone technology, investigation as well as factual knowledge regarding the significance or nonsignificance of identified persons.” She also requires that the names of her former escorts, or “independent contractors,” be kept anonymous, but it’s a free-for-all on the names of the clients. It sounds like duck-and-cover time for some men with high-ranking jobs in the District who were, for lack of a better word, escorted.
Brendan Smith can be contacted at [email protected].

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