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Alleged D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey is supposed to be in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia this week while her lawyer tries to persuade a judge to suppress evidence seized by a U.S. postal inspector from her home in California last October. But more likely, the Aug. 28 hearing will be a farewell to her second court-appointed criminal defense attorney, Preston Burton. Senior Judge Gladys Kessler granted Palfrey’s motion to replace counsel last week. “We have two different strategies,” Palfrey says of Burton, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. “I’m far more aggressive.” Burton, best-known for representing Monica Lewinsky, declined to comment because the motion was filed under seal. He had been representing Palfrey since May. Palfrey, who is accused of running a high-dollar prostitution ring, has asked the judge to allow her civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, to double as her criminal lawyer. “He is the only person who understands every fact and every nuance of this case besides me,” Palfrey says. Kessler has yet to approve their request. In May, Palfrey dumped her first court-appointed attorney, A.J. Kramer — the District’s federal public defender — because he “simply didn’t have the time to donate to my case,” Palfrey says. “I greatly appreciate Judge Kessler assigning me first-rate representation, but no matter how good the counsel may be, if we’re not on the same page, it’s not going to work.” Palfrey says she and Sibley are planning a news conference after the Aug. 28 hearing to discuss her new legal strategy.
Joe Palazzolo can be contacted at [email protected].

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