Criminal Justice

Alleged Madam May Reveal Records

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The alleged D.C. madam has offered the media phone records that could identify customers after a federal judge’s decision to allow their release.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey originally wanted to charge for the records, but now says they are available for free through her Web site, according to Reuters.

“Jeane has determined to release those records under certain conditions to qualified individuals or organizations,” her attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press. One stipulation bars sale of the records to third parties.

U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler of Washington, D.C., lifted an injunction yesterday that had barred release of the records. She said freezing the personal property of an individual who had not been convicted of a crime would be an extraordinary step.

Prosecutors had argued potential witnesses could be harassed if the records were released.

Palfrey is accused of running a prostitution ring; she claims the business offered only legal sexual fantasies.

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