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'Beltway Madam' Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Racketeering, Money Laundering Charges
Fox News ^ | 03/09/2007 | EagleUSA

Posted on 03/09/2007 11:47:48 AM PST by EagleUSA

WASHINGTON — The so-called "Beltway Madam" pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and money laundering charges in federal court Friday.

Prosecutors say Deborah Jean Palfrey, 50, ran a call-girl service in the Washington, D.C. area for 13 years, taking appointments from her California home and dispatching women to luxury hotels in Washington and Baltimore. They say the service promoted prostitution.

Palfrey was released Friday on her own recognizance, but had her passport confiscated. She was officially booked, and had her picture and fingerprints taken by police.

The judge also ordered Palfrey to wear an electronic monitoring device to track her travels between California and Washington, and anywhere in between.

Palfrey, who was indicted last week, is threatening to release her little black book of 10,000 clients on the Internet to pay for her defense.

She writes on her Web site that "consideration is being given to selling the entire 46 pounds of detailed and itemized phone records for the 13-year period, to raise the requisite defense funds."

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: beltwaymadam; crime; deborahjeanpalfrey; deborahpalfrey; hookers; jeane; madame; two; washington
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Oh, I would love to get a hold of that little black book....it would make the Clinton's FBI files look like child's play....
1 posted on 03/09/2007 11:47:50 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA
Might not be that nice. Dem's visit prostitutes more than repub's but the prostitutes they see are all men!
2 posted on 03/09/2007 11:52:55 AM PST by bilhosty (to hell with ABCNNBCBS)
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To: bilhosty

Dem's visit prostitutes more than repub's but the prostitutes they see are all men!
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And where is Ann when we need her!!! LMFAO!!!


3 posted on 03/09/2007 11:54:00 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

Sibley said the list includes some well-known politicians.

"It's a statistical certainty that there are a fair amount of high-profile people who use the service, all across the government and private sector, here in the metropolitan D.C. area," said Sibley.

Not only is Palfrey threatening to expose, embarrass and possibly subpoena clients, but she's taking a combative tone with prosecutors. On her Web site, she admits e-mailing them and promising to make the legal situation "long and unpleasant."
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Oh, this would be just sweet. Get out the popcorn and turn on TiVo.


4 posted on 03/09/2007 11:58:32 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

Racketeering? This is such an overcharge. For crying out loud, she was running a call girl operation, not the mob.


5 posted on 03/09/2007 12:01:11 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

For crying out loud, she was running a call girl operation, not the mob.
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Well, ya just never know about who is working with who these days...:-)


6 posted on 03/09/2007 12:05:48 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA
I hear Dick Morris leads the list.

I wonder how many of his columns have eminated from Madame's musty shoe closet during a panty hat timeout?

7 posted on 03/09/2007 12:06:06 PM PST by battlegearboat (with you)
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To: battlegearboat

I wonder how many of his columns have eminated from Madame's musty shoe closet during a panty hat timeout?
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Good catch! Yes, the ole toe sucker himself could be a regular client....wow, it would be fun to see her little book.


8 posted on 03/09/2007 12:07:07 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

The other night I heard a radio talk show host talking about this. He must have seen the "escort service" website and he was saying this was a "legal" business. I thought, oh you are sooooooo naive, not to know what that is code for. But, maybe he did know but wanted his wife hear him say he didn't!


9 posted on 03/09/2007 12:14:38 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: EagleUSA
Pass the basket! Let's buy those records!


10 posted on 03/09/2007 12:15:43 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: colorado tanker

Call girl operations do get intertwined with the human trafficking industry. Human trafficking is intertwined with organized crime.

I've no idea if this woman's operation was involved; but it is not out of the question to think it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1530000/posts
Illegal Immigration, Human Trafficking, and Organized Crime


11 posted on 03/09/2007 12:18:32 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Liz

...chances are good that some interesting names will pop up. “Statistically, if you have 10,000 people, and given the structure of this particular service, these weren’t people beckoning from car windows,” he said. “The escorts only responded to four and five star hotels or private residences. And so the landlines will show up on the private residences real quickly.”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/anneschroeder/0307/DC_Madame_to_Sell_10000_Phone_Records_of_HighEnd_Washington_Clients.html

ping


12 posted on 03/09/2007 12:21:25 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: EagleUSA

This list has got to come out sooner or later. Where are those guys who constantly leak national security info to the NYT when we need them?


13 posted on 03/09/2007 12:24:25 PM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: Calpernia

Effect of outlawing something. It will be controlled by criminals and driven underground and the bad guys will get rich. Economics 101.


14 posted on 03/09/2007 12:24:32 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: EagleUSA

That little black book weighs forty-six pounds...I don't think it will fit in your pocket.


15 posted on 03/09/2007 12:27:39 PM PST by CarryaBigStick
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To: EagleUSA

Sell the book!


16 posted on 03/09/2007 12:28:31 PM PST by maggief
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17 posted on 03/09/2007 12:29:12 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: carolinalivin

Not if the clean up crew comes in :)


18 posted on 03/09/2007 12:30:07 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: EagleUSA

SELL IT!!!!! SELL !!!! SELL !!! SELL !!!

What a hoot it would be to have the cable newsies' spend a week or two tearing through that stuff.


19 posted on 03/09/2007 12:38:23 PM PST by DickieFlatts
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To: Calpernia
I don't want my taxes used to put people in jail for selling or buying sex or drugs. The clean up crew you refer to costs billions of dollars per year.

In our city a cop was just killed by a wannbe gangster and we have tagging and gang grafitti everywhere. Plus we have a number of other crimes which are far more serious than someone selling sex. I want the cops on that and not busting some marine or business man for paying for sex or the woman who sells it.

I don't want our legislature passing laws which make gangsters and other bad guys rich because someone is offended by selling sex or thinks they can stop someone from getting high. Also, I don't want to pay taxes to put them in jail or prison at $25,000 per per year.

20 posted on 03/09/2007 12:39:42 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: DickieFlatts

What a hoot it would be to have the cable newsies' spend a week or two tearing through that stuff.
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It would be more than delicous. The MSM would be in a feeding frenzy, trying to point out all of the Repubs, and hide all of the libs....ha!!


21 posted on 03/09/2007 12:40:21 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: carolinalivin

>>>I don't want my taxes used to put people in jail for selling or buying sex or drugs.

I do. And I will vote conservative to ensure that it continues.

:)


22 posted on 03/09/2007 12:47:51 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the pick. She looks like Charley Sheen in drag.


23 posted on 03/09/2007 12:49:58 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Calpernia
It's not conservative to waste tax money trying to get people to behave. It is a sign of mental illness to keep doing the same thing over and over and thinking you will get a different response.

Your thinking made the Italian mafia rich 80 years ago, the crips and ever south american ganster more recently. And people still get high and still want to sell and buy sex.

Who are you protecting with the "conservative" effort of yours. Certainly not me and my family. Making gansters rich does not make us safer. It makes the world more dangerous.

In case you haven't noticed, many of us other conservatives disagree with you.

24 posted on 03/09/2007 12:53:23 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: EagleUSA

She could be bluffing.

It might be nothing but small fish, or even falsified info to frame her enemies.


25 posted on 03/09/2007 12:54:25 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: Calpernia
Call girl operations do get intertwined with the human trafficking industry

True, and I agree that is a very serious, worldwide problem. That doesn't seem to have been the case, here, though. From what I've read she recruited U.S. college educated women for a high-end operation.

26 posted on 03/09/2007 12:55:28 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I understand how that sounds; but you don't know the terms and conditions of their college attendance.

The service provided could have been part of the college tuition.


27 posted on 03/09/2007 12:59:51 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: carolinalivin

Sex trafficking isn't conservative.


28 posted on 03/09/2007 1:00:47 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: PGalt

OMG, I think you are right!


29 posted on 03/09/2007 1:01:14 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: PGalt

I don't think close enough for a 'Separated at birth?' But close enough for siblings.

30 posted on 03/09/2007 1:04:48 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: EagleUSA

First, yeah, like people in DC seeing a prostitute will not give the name of Congressman and Senators. I'm sure she's had at least 6 Ted Kennedy's as clients.

If she had names, she'd just use them. There's nothing a Congressman can do now and the prosecutor won't care that names are exposed.


31 posted on 03/09/2007 1:04:54 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Calpernia
You can judge sex selling anyway you want. I do not support it. I think it's immoral.

However, it's also immoral to confiscate my money and make me pay taxes to stop a behavior which serves no purpose being a criminal act and in no way protects me or my family.

When the country was operating it's first 125 years drugs were not illegal. Was it conservative to make a change to social engineer the use of drugs by outlawing them? And is it conservative to now spend billions keeping taxes higher to punish the use of them?

32 posted on 03/09/2007 1:05:56 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: Calpernia

LOL! Thanks for the pic. I guess siblings would work. That was my first impression. (Sorry Charley)


33 posted on 03/09/2007 1:08:00 PM PST by PGalt
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To: carolinalivin

You are squealing pretty loudly there. You don't like your money being used for clean up, vote for a Democrate or for Giuliani.

I'm voting conservative to continue the clean up.


34 posted on 03/09/2007 1:08:23 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: PGalt
Separated at birth?


35 posted on 03/09/2007 1:11:19 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: EagleUSA
Palfrey, who was indicted last week, is threatening to release her little black book of 10,000 clients

If you're gonna do it girl, just do it. Otherwise with all of this threatening, she'd probably be wise to watch her back.

36 posted on 03/09/2007 1:17:12 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe (Ah don't feeeeel no ways taihrd.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

What was it we used to hear ?? Arkansided, Ron Browned, Fort Marcy Park etc, etc, etc


37 posted on 03/09/2007 1:24:29 PM PST by battleax
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To: EagleUSA

Maybe her clients should start a defence fund where they can contribute anonymously. (Give it 501C3 status; so they can make tax deductible contributions.)


38 posted on 03/09/2007 1:26:42 PM PST by noah (noah)
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To: battleax

I would think she'd be afraid. Threatening politicians is worse than threatening the Mafia!


39 posted on 03/09/2007 1:28:47 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe (Ah don't feeeeel no ways taihrd.)
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To: EagleUSA

I doubt if she really intends to sell it. She probably has many former clients who are in a position to make life very difficult for those involved in prosecuting her.

She (or her lawyer) has been saying that she has no choice, but to sell the list, because it is the only significant asset which she still controls. Of course, if her other assets were returned, and her main problem was made to go away, there would be no need to sell the list.


40 posted on 03/09/2007 1:39:38 PM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: AmishDude
If she had names, she'd just use them.

She doesn't have names, she has records of phone calls (phone numbers, dates, and times). This information readily leads to lots of other information.

41 posted on 03/09/2007 1:48:07 PM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: Calpernia

You are voting to clean up behavior which has no effect on you. You are voting for big government programs and more taxes. How is it you think that's conservative?


42 posted on 03/09/2007 4:55:39 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: EagleUSA
Racketerring??? Some powerful players must be terrified of the list being made public. Wasn't this a Night Court episode? Where's Dan Fielding when you need him!
43 posted on 03/09/2007 5:04:19 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel ("...Mindless pack of trained Maoist circus seals.")
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To: carolinalivin

I don't vote with you.


44 posted on 03/09/2007 5:44:13 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

That's correct because you vote nanny state.


45 posted on 03/09/2007 5:46:00 PM PST by carolinalivin
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To: EagleUSA

"Oh, this would be just sweet. Get out the popcorn and turn on TiVo."

If she lives long enough to rat out her clients.


46 posted on 03/09/2007 5:53:59 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (A Muslim soldier can never be loyal to a non-Muslim commander.)
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To: carolinalivin

Whatever makes you feel better.


47 posted on 03/09/2007 5:57:02 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: EagleUSA
Oh, I would love to get a hold of that little black book....

So would some foreign intelligence services and al Qaeda I'll bet....

48 posted on 03/10/2007 4:36:40 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: EagleUSA

Please, Madame, put the names on the internet. Your nation needs you. Answer the call.


49 posted on 03/10/2007 4:42:29 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: 3niner
I doubt if she really intends to sell it. She probably has many former clients who are in a position to make life very difficult for those involved in prosecuting her.

That is her angle, no doubt. She had over $750,000 (according to the indictment) deposited in her accounts.

She doesn't need someone to pay her legal fees, she needs someone to apply pressure.

50 posted on 03/10/2007 4:54:07 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party will not exist in a few years....we are watching history unfold before us.)
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