Tuesday, May 1, 2007

May 4th Will Be A Good Day For Divorce Lawyers

This one probably is too local to be getting national press yet, but after the upcoming 20/20 episode airing this Friday, I'd expect we'll see this become the next Imus/Gary Condit/OJ that feeds 24 hour news cycles and water cooler convos across America.

Miz Julia was the pseudonym for Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman at the center of a sex scandal that has caused a deputy secretary of state to resign and has lawyers calling around town trying to keep their clients' names out of public view. A one-time law student, Palfrey ran for 13 years what she insists was a legal escort service. Federal prosecutors allege she was providing $300-an-hour prostitutes, and a grand jury indicted her in February on federal racketeering charges.
Few things make for better news (ironically, during sweeps week) than sex. Mix it with politics that reach as far as the White House (Randall L. Tobias resigned as deputy secretary last week), and except for the omnipresent powder kegs of race and privilege, you could be batting for the cycle.

This story broke nearly a year ago, and went back underground. Some of the names leaked thus far have been prestigious, but hardly famous. We'll see what happens when the full list is scoured.

BTW, what kind of morons would use their own names/credit cards/info to procure this sort of "service"? Don't people know this stuff can be easily traced back to you?

And they say politicians are smart.

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