The case of the “D.C. Madam” was, as Rachel Maddow reminded viewers last night, “explosive.” A woman named Deborah Palfrey was accused of operating an illegal escorting empire in the nation’s capitol, and though she insisted everything she did was legal and by the books, she couldn’t prove it because she never kept names or records of her clients. All she had was phone records and those that were released made for good news fodder but couldn’t save her from a possible prison sentence of over 50 years. She killed herself in 2008.
But there are some records that weren’t released. A court order has barred Palfrey’s former lawyer and the current custodian of the records, Montgomery Blair Sibley, from releasing those mysterious records, but Sibley has been hinting lately that he just might defy the gag order.
Sibley seems to believe that he has a few phone numbers in his collection that could have major relevance on the 2016 presidential election. Maddow explained it like this:
Now, though, something has happened. We don’t know what, exactly, but something has happened that has made that lawyer not only want to release those old records from the D.C. Madam case, [but] he now says he plans to release those old records from the D.C. Madam case despite that still-existing court order. He says he has a right to release those records under the First Amendment. He also says he has a duty to release those records because it is now in the national interest that he do so and that he do so quickly. This is kind of amazing.
He has filed a motion with the federal court in D.C. that issued the gag order. The court “kicked it right back to him,” said Maddow. Sibley has now appealed that rejection in an appeals court and filed a motion with the United States Supreme Court because, in his words, “time is of the essence” when it comes to releasing phone numbers that have a particular bearing on the upcoming election.
His motion with the Supreme Court reads, “Expedited resolution of this Application is incumbent upon this Court.” He wrote that by ignoring his application, the Supreme Court would, in hindsight, appear to favor one candidate over another. Then, in a footnote, he threatened to release the records of 815 clients regardless of the Court’s decision, so it appears we will be finding out what bearing those records have on our current presidential candidates soon enough.
Sounds like he is sitting on a goldmine, but what could it be? Could he corroborate the rumors that Ted Cruz has been unfaithful to Heidi Cruz? When The Enquirer ran their piece this weekend, they did allude to there being “a hooker” among his five mistresses. Is it another candidate? Donald Trump? Bernie Sanders? Perhaps their handlers?
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