'DC Madam' Trial Scheduled for April 7 --Full jury trial is scheduled to take place on April 7th, in Federal District Court, in Washington, D.C.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the 'DC Madam,' told Citizens for Legitimate Government Thursday, "In many respects, I can't wait to get into court and get this monkey off my back. This case has gone on far too long." Ms. Palfrey also told CLG that her former counsel, Preston Burton, has been reassigned as her (Criminal Justice Act) CJA attorney. Additionally, Ms. Palfrey issued the following statement.
My and defense counsels various efforts the past 17 months to resolve the charges levied against me by the Department of Justice have been unsuccessful. Therefore, a full jury trial is scheduled to take place on April 7th, in Federal District Court, in Washington, D.C.
I intend to defend myself vigorously against the charges of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy. I will call witnesses to testify on my behalf about the legal, sexual nature of my former business Pamela Martin & Associates. These witnesses likely will be culled from the existing research conducted over the past 8 months - by a variety of press/media, bloggers and interested third parties.
It should be noted ALL charges are predicated upon the seldom utilized Travel Act, which allows the Government to claim jurisdiction for ANY crime including misdemeanor offenses such as prostitution when state lines are crossed. In the course of regular business operation in the Washington, D.C. area, state lines are crossed routinely by any number of businesses, including escort services. In fact, all one has to do is quite literally cross the street in hundreds, if not thousands of locations in the vicinity to cross a state line. The Travel Act is important here because unlike the state misdemeanor crime of prostitution the Travel Act can be used to satisfy the requirement of an SUA (specified unlawful activity), which must be in place in order for the Government, not only to claim jurisdiction, but to be able to charge racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy. Federal law recognizes dozens of SUAs. Normally, such activities involve murder, treason, rape, kidnapping, drug trafficking, white slavery, extortion, embezzlement, etc. and subsequently are utilized to support broader crimes like racketeering and conspiracy.
Perhaps, it also should be stated (and clarified) the racketeering charge is based in part upon the belief my previous business to this day - is an ongoing criminal enterprise. Pamela Martin & Associates ceased to exist the day phone service was disconnected by me, in August of 2006. Any/all affiliated parties went their separate ways, at this time. The money laundering charge has been built upon the fact that payment transaction was done through the U.S. Mail. Since I did not live in the Washington, D.C. area, during the 13 year period, PM&A was a viable concern there realistically was no other logistical way for the women in my employ to send agency revenue onto me. Lastly, conspiracy from what I have been able to ascertain ostensibly occurs when two minds agree to commit a crime. Strangely, a person also can conspire with himself/herself, without the inclusion of a second individual.
Without doubt, I am in the fight of my life. Unfortunately, the Government will not capitulate, nor will I in this extremely bizarre case; one, where no person other than myself including all former clients and escorts - is being charged with any crime here. Technically the Government has been successful in making the charges against me work on paper. As a result, I have no choice - nor have I ever had any alternative - but to fight on and clear my name via the facts of the case, particularly since - if convicted, federal sentencing guidelines allow for a maximum sentence of 55 years imprisonment. Realistically, it has been calculated I would receive 8 to 10 to 15 years. Nonetheless for me at age 51, such a harsh penalty would be tantamount to a virtual life sentence stripping me of some of the most productive years remaining in my life.
28 February 2008
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Previous 'DC Madam' news and updates:
New Judge Assigned to 'DC Madam' case 04 Dec 2007 As an administrative matter, Judge Gladys Kessler was transferred off the cases of the so-called DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, and District of Columbia Judge James Robertson was assigned to preside over Ms. Palfrey's cases.
'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.
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