Friday, April 18, 2008 at 10:57 AM
If you prosecute me, I can make life miserable for many VIPs…. I can state with unequivocal certainty this situation will be a long and unpleasant one.
[DC Madam to federal prosecutors upon her arrest]
On the other hand, she skillfully teased the rest of us to the point of giddy animation as we awaited the outing of the VIP pricks who patronized her elite prostitution ring.
Yet when her trial suffered premature summation this week, her high-profile patrons were the ones who enjoyed orgasmic relief while the rest of us were left with virtual blue balls.
Although if Palfrey delivered on her sexual promises the way she delivered on her threat, it’s a wonder she had any names in her little black book to exploit. Because, when it came time for her to finally put out at trial, she sat there like a frigid nanny and called only a few pedestrian clients to testify in her defense.
Alas, she denied us the prurient pleasure of watching VIP Johns like Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana squirm on the witness stand. Instead, we were treated to her lawyer’s fatuous argument that Palfrey was just selling appointments and should not be liable for what her girls did during them.
Not surprisingly, the jury rejected her I-was-just-a-receptionist defense and convicted her on Tuesday on all counts, including money laundering, racketeering and using the postal service for illegal purposes.
She faces many years in prison when she’s sentenced on July 24.
That said, I think the prosecution of Deborah Palfrey was a national farce and a travesty of justice. Because prostitution is a victimless crime, which should be decriminalized!