WASHINGTON - It was a story that rocked Washington D.C. back in 2007. Known as the “D.C. Madam," Deborah Jeane Palfrey was convicted of federal racketeering and other charges stemming from a prostitution business she ran catering to Washington power players.
Now, Palfrey's old lawyer is trying to get her business records released because he says the data could affect the 2016 presidential race.
Palfrey’s records were sealed by a judge back in 2007 and the reason for it is still unknown.
Attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, who represented Palfrey back then, has filed a judicial conduct complaint against Chief Judge Richard Roberts, who in charge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Sibley says his efforts to unseal the records of Palfrey’s prostitution business are being stalled by the judge – who is refusing to give the motion a hearing.
In 2007, the “D.C. Madam” case was one of the biggest sex scandals ever to hit the nation’s capital. Palfrey's company provided prostitutes to D.C. power players. Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) as well as several Democratic and Republican political consultants and administration advisors admitted to being on Palfrey's client list.
She was charged by the Justice Department and put on trial in 2008 where she was she was convicted of racketeering, money laundering and mail fraud.
Just weeks after the verdict, Palfrey committed suicide by hanging at her mother's home in Florida as she awaited sentencing.
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