Ullman will testify that he paid for sex?

One of the prominent Washington men named as an escort service customer of the so-called “D.C. Madam” is apparently ready to testify he had sex with a woman or women from the madam’s now-infamous Pamela Martin and Associates.”

Any notion that Ms. Palfrey has that Mr. Ullman will help her in any way is incorrect,” said Ullman’s lawyer, Mark Mukasey, in a statement to the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

This has been on ABC’s Blotter all day but I haven’t had time to look at it until now. I’m guessing that he assumes that he’ll be granted immunity if he’s willing to testify against her?

One of the major dilemmas in her strategy to smoke out defense witnesses by exposing them is that they are the rich and powerful, they’ve got more connections and more money for lawyers.

Let’s hope it doesn’t all explode in her face…

Posted by: karlykirchner

9 Responses

  1. Yeah, this is tricky legal strategy that has every potential of blowing up in Palfrey’s face and I don’t doubt that it will. She outs her clients (and simultaneously pisses them for exposing them and damaging their reputations and personal lives) and banks on them lying for her (“no, there wasn’t any sex”). Of course there will be some keen on retaliation – and it only takes a couple! – that will admit there WAS sex, and the government’s got its witness(es). The clients face no criminal exposure – at the end of the day, its a misdemeanor in just about every city in this country for which I’m sure they’d receive immunity. Yes, there are people out there with nothing left to lose who will testify against her – just watch.

    It will be interesting to see how the gov’t plans to prove the whole conspiracy angle. I understand the interstate commerce thing with her receiving money from prostitutes in another state, but basically she was a one-woman show, and that does not a conspiracy make. And, if there IS a conspiracy, we can expect superceding indictments to come our way in the next few months.

  2. More ramblings on her legal defense.

    Here’s a portion of her newsletter she sent to her alleged 130 workers. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1201061palfrey1.html.

    With written evidence like this, one must wonder how her lawyers are planning on disputing or explaining her plain instructions on how to deal with (gasp!) SEX -related issues like monthy periods and diseased penises. These are health and work issues common to the prostitution profession.

    Evidence like the newsletters is far more damaging. In the end, it will outweigh a few grunts getting on the witness stand saying, “all I had was a massage.” The govt’s response will be, “so what – she offerred both massage and sexual services, and this witness was just a massage client. Big deal.”

    Why then, the defense strategy of outing her clients? To manipulate a handful of powerful ones in the hopes they can use their connections to make it all go away? Taking-them-down-with-me is always a huge gamble because you risk alienating potentially helpful witnesses who may turn. Like it appears Tobias has.

    I’m afraid I see a simpler reason: to capitalize on the media attention to gain notoreity and cash in on the book and Lifetime movie deals later on. At the end of the day, she’s a business woman, and if her attorneys haven’t already schooled her that she’s likely to face some prison time, they’re being professionaly negligent.

    Lastly, as a working girl and a madam, I’m not so crazy about any of the media attention. It’s bad for business. We had the Atlanta girls last year, news stories are cropping up every other week about internet and Craigslists busts. I know its important tthat we have a national discussion on sex worker’s rights, so I feel selfish when I say I’ve been less than thrilled about all this exposure, but there you have it. This is my livlihood, and it belongs under the radar in order for me to survive.

  3. Hey, MizViv and Karly,

    The links that both of you link to are broken. Can they be fixed? I’d very much love to see what y’all are pointing to…

    Cheers,
    queershoulder

  4. Okay, I fixed that link. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Great points MizViv.

    Since all of this exposure is making life more difficult for sex workers, but as you pointed out, these discussions need to happen- what role should advocacy groups and allies play in dealing with this?

    To the sex workers on the board here- please post some tips or ideas for the best ways for advocates, who are less at risk for speaking out, to work to minimize the risk and burden on those who are working? How can we work to maximize the benefits for sex workers?

    The Desiree Alliance and other groups in our coalition very much want instruction on how to proceed from those who are most affected.

    Thanks to all the folks who’ve been posting here! Please encourage other workers to participate in this blog!

  6. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1201061palfrey1.html

    If it doesn’t work, go to thesmokinggun.com and enter in “deborah palfrey” and proceed to the Dec 1 article entitled, “Pro-fessional Tips.”

  7. Re: How can advocacy groups best support the working girl? The recent national exposure over the last year with regard to madams and internet prostitution in general hasn’t (yet?) trickled down to make my life more difficult. What I fear may also turn out to be a blessing, however. My fear is that bringing internet prostitution fully to the forefront will result in law enforcement crackdowns, and I and my sister whores would be caught up in that, perhaps even to the extent where it would be too unsafe to work. The blessing would be that increased public awareness would draw both new girls into the business as well as more clients – in addition to the other obvious benefits of a better-informed public.

    My belief is that prostitution work, especially in this day and age, is one of the world’s best kept secrets. Where else in our society can almost any woman earn between $200 and $400 per hour without an expensive education and a long, grueling career? All I need are decent looks, a computer, a cell phone and some moxy. The more women selling it and the more men buying it, the more prostitution will become mainstream, and mainstream is the river where real change can take place.

    All change requires sacrifice, and I may find myself to be working in the era where the sacrifice may be mine. This is why I fully support the work all advocacy groups and allies are doing. Keep on! Keep on organizing, writing, conferencing, keep on rallying, keep on fucking for money, and freedom to fuck for money.

    ____________
    Freedom (n) is the ability to act without restraint.
    In the context of internal control, freedom is also known as self-determination, individual sovereignty, or autonomy.

  8. More on Ullman:

    http://www.blogowogo.com/blog_article.php?aid=733573&t=16

    Shock and Awe and a Dirty Sanchez to go please

    ‘Highly Respected and Widely Recognized Expert’ in apparently both Defense related issues and prostitutes, Harlan ‘I like it rough’ Ullman is going to fight against allegations from the DC Madam because he is about as bright about legal strategies as he is about combat strategies.

    Apparently, the knucklehead who invented Shock and Awe is going to testify that he did have sex with those women. Ms Palfrey responded:

    When informed of Ullman’s new stance, Palfrey told ABC News the former Rumsfeld colleague could be prosecuted along with her.

    “If Mr. Ullman committed illegal acts, he can be charged with racketeering as well, since he would be a part of the overall conspiracy the government is alleging,” Palfrey said. “It takes two to tango.”

    Currently a columnist at The Washington Times ‘Highly Respected and Widely Recognized Expert’ Ullman is going to admit to having sex so he can beat the rap. Clearly a brillant legal technique, or something. And I suppose he doesnt mind people mentioning his performance problems either.

    Palfrey says, “and there were some complaints about him.” She said some of the women refused to service him a second time “because he was an unpleasant person.”

    Come to think of it, Shock and Awe was more of a pop and whimper too. Poor Harlan.

  9. Let’s talk conspiracy. There’s got to be four elements present for a conspiracy to exist: an agreement between two or more persons; an intent to enter into the agreement; an intent to achieve the object of the agreement; and – this is the big one – an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy by at least one party.

    To get to conspiracy status, however, there’s the Wharton Rule which states, in simple terms, that although two or more people are necessary for the commission of the crime (adultery, gambling), there is no crime of conspiracy unless more parties participate in the agreement than are necessary for the crime.

    I’d love to take a look at Palfrey’s indictment (if anyone can link that, please do so.) I’m just a lowly ex-paralegal (26 years in the criminal defense field) but I’m very concerned by who else the gov’t intends to name as co-conspirators. It seems she has fulfilled all the RICO requirements, and perhaps that’s where it ends.

    There’s basically three types of possible co-conspirators in her case:

    1) Other Palfrey partners in her business;
    2) Her subcontracting girls;
    3) The clients.

    Obviously, options 2 and 3 does not bode well for our profession, and I’m unclear whether or not that would be precedent. Good news is, since conspiracy requires two guilty parties, if all parties with whom a defendant is alleged to have conspired are acquitted, the remaining defendant is prevented from being convicted.

    Does anyone else have a take on what’s going on with the conspiracy angle on this case? I think its important we observe the legal trends in these federal racketeering cases.

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