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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-03-08 11:23 AM
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6. I think the DC Madam committed suicide because she was
deeply disappointed that bloggers did not focus on her trial and never figured out who the higher ups in D.C. were who had used her services. Apparently Larry Flynt has suggested that some of them were Democrats or others who were not hypocrites about it.

There is an interview with Ms. Palfrey in which she questioned why she was singled out. She stated that many, many escort services advertise in the D.C. area and that she was the only one to be targeted by the feds. She thought she was noticed because she had made bank transfers to fund the purchase of a house in Germany. The feds may have thought that she was somehow involved in terrorism. She believed that her transaction was picked up by the Bush's surveillance of electronic communications, especially banking communications overseas.

I'm wondering whether she was targeted because she had Democratic clients.

The strange thing is that she had been the target of investigation for years, and the evidence that they used to obtain search warrants was very old. The government attempted to seize her property through civil charges. That made it impossible for her to pay her own lawyer. I understood from the interview that she was then assigned a public defender.

She was also indicted (and convicted, I suppose) for racketeering among other things -- racketeering although she was the only defendant. Apparently there were two witnesses against her (as is, I believe, required for a conspiracy charge), but, at least at the time of the interview, she had not been told who the witnesses against her were. Apparently, at the time of the interview, her lawyer had not been able to get discovery.

I believe that the feds crafted the charges against her so as to obtain convictions based on as little evidence
as possible.

I wish that some blogger would post the court transcripts -- everything possible about her case. I would like to know whether she had any grounds for an appeal. If she did, then it is unlikely that she would commit suicide when she did. If she did not, then she may well have committed suicide. IMO, she may have felt abandoned by a public that was interested in the Obama/Clinton battle and the Siegelman case and other things. She may have felt that she was just a pawn in some high level political intrigue of which she was otherwise unaware.

Even if other people were "suicided," it does not mean that she was.
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