Deborah Jeane Palfrey Found Guilty, But of What?

Deborah Jeane Palfrey

Today a federal jury found accused “DC Madam,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, guilty not of prostitution, pimping or pandering, but of racketeering, money laundering, and two counts of using the mail for illegal purposes. The AP and others have spun this as Palfrey being found guilty of running an escort service, which, I don’t know — am I splitting hairs here with the dulled rage of someone who’s been following this story for a year?

Palfrey is free pending sentencing on July 24. Maybe we can invite her to host a part of the Desiree Alliance conference before she heads back to court?

7 Responses

  1. July 24th….

    Hmmmm, can anything be done to encourage minimal sentencing for her? Letters to the judge? Demo outside? Some sort of wake-the-fuck-up call to the bastards who keep harassing women this way?

    This is so terribly sad for her. And for all of the women whose live were destroyed in the past week. This is really, really terrible.

  2. This is another unpleasant surprise.

    I have been shocked at how quick the trial was and what little defense her team seemed to put up. Betting she’ll end up in prison. Not likely that Spitzer will.

    Too bad more names didn’t come out of that client list.

    XX

  3. I mean: phone number list.

    XX

  4. Thanks I fixed it.

  5. Any time you take the money earned from an illegal activity and put it somewhere “legitimate” you “launder” money. Technically, since she was convicted of money laundering, therefore, they have made the statement that she was doing something to earn the money illegally (to wit, running an escort operation, since that’s what the government alleged she was making the money from).

    I do agree that the headlines are disingenuous, however.

  6. I’m sorry to just be catching up to this. But yes, you can write to the judge (it’s a free country, well sort of) about Palfrey’s sentence, and people do that from time to time, although it’s not clear it does any good. Thanks to our Republican friends in Congress there are too many laws federalizing state crimes and then setting high sentencing guidelines for them. The judge has some discretion, thanks to the Supreme Court, but not that much.

    The point to the judge, and frankly the point that should be made in letters to the editors of the Washington Post, the NYTimes, the LA Times, etc. is that it was a gross misused of prosecutorial discretion for the US Attorney to prosecute Palfrey using the racketeering and money laundering laws, which were enacted to be used against the MAFIA (see the Congressional debates), to turn the low level crimes of pimping or pandering into big federal felonies. There is no justification for his doing this other than he wanted to, which is not acceptable under the rule of law.

    US Attorneys are not elected and are not responsible to the public to even explain their decisions, but as US citizens we are all entitled to complain about this US Attorney’s abuse of prosecutorial discretion and demand that he explain why he is abusing this women. You can even write to him and urge him to ask the judge for a minimun sentnece for her, like one in line with the actual crimes she committeed and not the federal laws over-layering her real crimes.

    You can even write to your Reps and Senators and ask for a law requiring US Attorneys to not prosecute federal crimes which are concurrent with state (or in this case DC) crimes unless the Attorney General makes pbulicly available an explanation for why the federal prosecution is necessary.

  7. The US Government psychologically tortured Deborah Jeane Palfrey to the point of suicide, (in other words to the point of murder).
    From an international human rights point of view she was totally innocent.
    Why did the US Government do such a thing to her? So they could steal her assets and life savings and claim everything was done legally.
    Deborah worked hard for her money, she was an intelligent, successful and hard working business woman.
    In her 52 years of existence she never hurt one soul, she was a sweet and beautiful person.
    Every single government official involved with her case (or torture) have her blood on their hands. The US government basically murdered her just so they could steal her money.
    Only a very cruel government could do such a thing.
    (Deborah – I as a fellow human being love and respect you with all my heart, I know you were innocent just like Jesus was innocent of all charges brought upon him before he was crucified – God bless your soul).

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