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Will the DC Madam’s Lawyer Disregard His Gag Order and Release Individual Names of Clients?

The case of the DC Madam has not earned headlines in quite some time. After all, the story — that of Deborah Jeane Palfrey and her escort service, is a decade old. Palfrey herself was convicted of racketeering in 2008, and although she took her own life shortly thereafter, her lawyer has long been silenced into not releasing any of the names of her clients; this gag order has been in effect since 2007, but recently that civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, has stepped forward to claim that the DC Madam’s phone records have direct implications on the 2016 election.

While Sibley has been fighting to have his own gag order removed on the information, he has threatened to disregard it altogether. As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported two week ago:

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.

Then this week, Sibley tip-toed even closer to the line, releasing the names of 174 companies or groups associated with the phone records that he has for his late client. This list includes high-end government agencies that had called the escort service while it was in business. As Steve Kornacki reported on MSNBC while filling in for Maddow, this list includes agencies such as the FBI, the IRS, the Coast Guard, and the USDA Forest Service; even the Archdiocese of Washington appears on the documents that Sibley released Monday.

Kornacki indicated that at least at first glance, none of the aforementioned groups or agencies had clear connections to any of the candidates seeking their party’s nomination in 2016. Sibley ominously noted in an email to MSNBC, “I am not releasing any individual names… yet.”

Sibley continues to argue that the gag order over the documents violates his First Amendment rights, and most recently filed an application with Justice Clarence Thomas to have the order removed, after an attempt with Chief Justice John Roberts was denied. Although there is no substantive evidence at this point about the implications on the Presidential election, Sibley’s renewed energy on the phone records would indicate time-sensitive information that he is hoping to have released soon. Sibley has hinted that he would consider releasing the phone records on his own, a development that threatens to take the insanity of the 2016 election and appropriately raise it to the Nth degree.

Watch the above report from MSNBC.
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J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is a columnist at Mediaite.

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