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Madam Needs Lawyer But Can’t Sell Client List

Posted Apr 24, 2007 6:28 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An alleged Washington, D.C., madam with some 15,000 clients over the years had her assets confiscated as part of an ongoing federal prosecution. So, unable to fund her legal defense with her own money, she reportedly went to Plan B: raising money to pay a lawyer by selling her client list. But that didn't work out either; she found she might have to turn over the proceeds to the government.

Now Deborah Jeane Palfrey has gone to Plan C: She is seeking a delay from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow her time to find a lawyer to represent her in a criminal racketeering and money laundering case, reports WTOP, a local radio station.

Palfrey contends she ran a legal business. Her filing says she "offered legal sexual and erotic services across the spectrum of adult behavior from 1994 until August 2006." For more details, see this earlier ABC report.

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