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“I AM…WAITING NO MORE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 28, 2016) — Montgomery Blair Sibley, who represented Debra Jeane Palfrey, otherwise known as the “DC Madam,” has filed an application to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts to lift a stay in place since May 2007 on the release of documents relating to Palfrey’s escort business phone numbers list.
According to the newest document in the case, Sibley believes he should be able to exercise his “First Amendment” right to “political speech” by releasing the information. Sibley began his effort to have the court order modified in January.
Palfrey’s company, Pamela Martin and Associates, was investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice beginning in 2004 for illegal activity. Sibley represented Palfrey during her trial, but in April 2008, she was found guilty of racketeering and money laundering stemming from the escort service.
On May 1, 2008, Palfrey was found deceased, with her death determined to have been caused by suicide.
Sibley, although no longer practicing law, describes himself as “custodian of the records” associated with the case and which he has been prohibited by court order to make public since May 10, 2007.
In the course of his defense of Palfrey, Sibley’s law license was suspended for three years, after which he chose not to renew it.
The name of one U.S. senator, David Vitter, was made public as having been a customer of Palfrey’s service, although at the time he was a patron, he was serving as a state legislator in the Louisiana legislature. At the time, CBS News reported that “an official” of the U.S. State Department, Randall Tobias, resigned his post in April 2007 after admitting to having been a client.
A number of other government employees were found by ABC News to have patronized the company. A female Navy instructor was said to have worked for the service as an “independent contractor.”
In making the announcement on Monday, Sibley posted on his blog:
After waiting for two weeks for the U.S. Circuit Court to rule upon my Petition to (i) order the District Court Clerk to file my Motion to Modify the Restraining Order that prevents me from releasing the D.C. Madam’s client list and (ii) direct that I receive an expedited hearing on that Motion, I am — as I previously announced — waiting no more.
Today I have filed at the U.S. Supreme Court my Application for a Stay of Restraining Order directed to the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr. , Chief Justice of the Supreme Court…
The Post & Email has reposted with permission Sibley’s numerous articles on his efforts to make the documents public, citing relevance to the 2016 presidential election. On March 9, Sibley suggested that he would approach the U.S. Supreme Court were the DC Circuit Court of Appeals not rule within “two weeks.”
On February 9, Sibley wrote of his request for the court to lift the restraining order in part or in full, “given the relevance Jeane’s records may well have to the looming Presidential elections, public policy considerations outweigh any privacy claims that individuals, corporations or government entities may have in keeping their Personally Identifiable Information from the public view.”
A complete timeline of Sibley’s quest to gain permission to release the records is contained in the application made public on Monday.
The final paragraph of page 7 of the petition reads:
In the email distributing the filing, Sibley pointed to “footnote found on page 7,” which reads:
The Post & Email spoke with Sibley briefly on Monday afternoon on the new filing, asking him what the consequences might be if he were to “simply release publicly the Verizon Wireless Subpoena Return records containing the names and addresses of eight hundred fifteen (815) Washington D.C. clients” who utilized the services of Pamela Martin and Associates.
Sibley responded that he could be cited for “contempt of court” should events unfold in that way.
When we asked if the application were related to an article published last week by the National Enquirer alleging multiple cases of marital infidelity on the part of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Sibley responded, “No comment.”
Sibley currently teaches a privacy law course at Northern Virginia Community College and holds a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security Policy. He has previously stated that in regard to the DC Madam records, “the public has the right to know.”