14 April 2008

Over the weekend I read news coverage of Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s, the D.C. Madam, trial. In the months before the trial there has been much clucking in the blogosphere regarding the case gossipy stuff about the men and debates in the escort blogs as whether or not Palfrey should have released her phone records. But now that the trial has begun a different dynamic is playing out.

Prosecutors, protecting their own, are not calling the well-known Washingtonians such as Sen. David Vitter, the men get a pass; they are calling the women who formerly worked for Palfrey. One woman worked as a prostitute 15 years ago, another is a career Naval officer and a third now a mother of three. Fifteen women in all have been dragged before the jury and ask to graphically describe the services they provided. I suspect that for most of these women, believed their time as prostitutes was long buried in their past.

You may think that I’m going to go off on the prosecutors, but I’m not, their protecting the powerful is a given. Deborah Jeane Palfrey is the scum bucket of this story, she knows she’s going to be convicted and likely will go to jail, but rather negotiate a plea agreement she decided to take everyone down with her. Well Deborah Jeane, when the jury returns the guilty verdict, I hope the judge in reviewing the sentencing guidelines decides that you should have maximum jail time. Have a nice life and be careful in the showers.



Anonymous VJ said...

Just too damn miserable all around. I've not been following it closely. But the DoJ are scum certainly for dragging women long retired into this mess. I'm betting that they had plenty of options not to do so (financial records would have been fine to actually convict someone of 'pandering'), but no, they wanted the gory headlines & prurient interest of the press. All to prove, 'sure, you might have been able to implicate Dems, but when it comes down to Repugs, Your sacred Lords & Masters? We'll F*ck you up so badly you'll only Wish you were dead!' This is so throughly corrupt, it's no longer funny. They're protecting their own in that Dept & Others in the Government. I think the Madame is a scum bag for wanting to 'rat out' anyone, but there's enough blame to go around. This is why it should be decriminalized. Pay a fine and leave out the back door. The rest is a waste of our precious resources. We've got plenty of unsolved crimes in this country that desperately need the attention and the manpower that's being wasted here. Cheers, 'VJ'

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess your happy now that she has hung herself instead of being in jail. These woman are a result of being abused by men, but the men still get off one way or the other. When will someone stand up for these woman...or shall I say ALL women who suffer at the hands of abusive men?
Why is it that the Johns get off, especially when politics is involved? Oh, I know, they are the real scum and get a "get out of jail" card.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Anon, I feel very sorry for Palfrey's survivors, I know too well, much of what they are feeling now and what they will feel for the rest of their lives.

Regarding Palfrey, it was always and only about her, no one else mattered, the women who worked for her, her clients and now her poor mother and family and friends.

From Palfrey's suicide note, "I cannot live the next 6 to 8 years behind bars...only to come out of prison in my late 50s a broken, penniless..."


8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim, Do you really think she killed herself or did she have help?

We're talking politics, men w/power....men who could have lost everything.


2:06 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

BB, I believe it was suicide, it would be far too complicated any other way.

Every apparent suicide is investigated by the police to determine that it was a suicide. That would mean a murderer would need to be awfully good or the cover up would need to begin with the investigating officers. It happened during the day, in a shed behind her mother's house, leaving a good chance that any one coming or going would be seen.

Suicide shocks the survivors, but often is not a surprise, which is a major contributor to the guilt felt. If her family thought foul play was involved they'd be screaming and the suicide note was likely hand written.


5:42 PM  

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