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Judge Cancels Vitter Testimony in 'DC Madam' Case

'Mr. Sibley, frankly, is taken aback by this latest injustice.' --Jeane Palfrey, commenting to Citizens for Legitimate Government

By Lori Price
www.legitgov.org

21 Nov 2007

From Montgomery Blair Sibley, Jeane Palfrey's attorney:

At 4:22 p.m. this afternoon, US District Judge Gladys Kessler entered an order which canceled the hearing she had previously set for Wednesday, November 28, 2007, on whether the injunction prohibiting Jeane's suit against a former escort should be dissolved. Earlier this week Jeane had served a subpoena on Senator David Vitter (R-LA) for that hearing and demanded the appearance of AUSA William Cowden to testify upon the allegations he made under oath last March in order to obtain the temporary restraining order from Judge Kessler. By canceling this hearing, those witnesses will not now be cross examined under oath anytime soon.

Additionally, Judge Kessler today entered an order requiring all criminal counsel in this case to comply with Local Criminal Rule 57.7(b)(3), which limits my public comments on the pending matter.

Accordingly, until I have had time to review in detail the orders of today, neither Jeane nor I will be making any public comment on them. So have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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CLG: Assistant U.S. Attorney Cowden Refuses to Testify at Vitter Hearing

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Cowden Refuses to Appear and Testify at November 28 'DC Madam' Hearing

Government: "If you wish to present Mr. Cowden as a witness, you will need to subpoena him. We will oppose that subpoena."

From Montgomery Blair Sibley, Jeane Palfrey's attorney:

US District Judge Gladys Kessler's order has set a hearing for Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at the federal courthouse in Washington D.C. on whether the injunction prohibiting ['DC Madam'] Deborah Jeane Palfrey's suit against a former escort should be dissolved. As a result, Ms. Palfrey requested the appearance of Assistant U. S. Attorney William Cowden to testify upon the allegations he made under oath last March in order to obtain the temporary restraining order from Judge Kessler.

In response, the government has stated: "If you wish to present Mr. Cowden as a witness, you will need to subpoena him. We will oppose that subpoena."

This remarkable statement continues the pattern of the government in this matter of refusing to release information, instead keeping the truth from being revealed.

Jeane has this day filed a motion with Judge Kessler asking her to order AUSA Cowden to appear at the hearing to answer questions under oath regarding his March 19, 2007, ex-parte application to Judge Kessler.

21 November 2007

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Previous 'DC Madam' news and updates:

'D.C. Madam' Seeks Subpoenas for Senator Vitter and Harlan Ullman --By Lori Price 02 Nov 2007 Citizens for Legitimate Government has learned that subpoenas for Senator David Vitter and Harlan Ullman, former customers of Paula Neble, an independent-contractor escort of Ms. Palfrey's escort service, have been sought for a November 28, 2007 hearing.

Subpoenas Served On ABC's Brian Ross/New York Post's Cindy Adams By 'DC Madam' By Lori Price 26 Sep 2007 Citizens for Legitimate Government has learned that so-called DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, has issued subpoenas for the depositions of (i) Troy Burrus, the IRS case agent on Palfrey's case, for Friday, September 28th in Washington, D.C., and (ii) Brian Ross of ABC News, (ii) Cindy Adams of the New York Post and (iv) Bill Bastone of The Smoking Gun for Friday October 5th in New York City.

'DC Madam' defense likely to disclose evidence, identities deemed classified' By Lori Price 01 Sep 2007 Citizens for Legitimate Government has learned that Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the 'DC Madam,' has filed with the Court a pro se "Motion for Pretrial Conference to Consider Matters Relating to Classified Information" under the Classified Information Procedures Act. This filing alerts the government that Palfrey's defense will likely involve the disclosure of evidence and identities presently deemed "Classified" by the U.S. government.

'DC Madam' Phone Records By Lori Price 09 Jul 2007

'D.C. Madam' Phone List Names & Places Posted by Lori Price

Citizens For Legitimate Government has received the 'DC Madam' phone records and is preparing the list for release. --Lori Price 09 Jul 2007

 

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