Jury Seated In Alleged ‘DC Madam’ Case

Written by Gary Reals
Last Updated: 4/8/2008 1:32:06 PM
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) — A jury and two alternate jurors has been seated in the trial of alleged “DC Madam” Deborah Jean Palfrey in US District Court. Seventy-five prospective jurors were questioned in the first stage of the trial expected to last 3 or 4 weeks. Opening statements are expected to begin late Monday afternoon.

Palfrey, 51, is charged with racketeering and money laundering in connection with an upscale call-girl ring she allegedly ran from 1993 until 2006. She has adamantly denied the allegations claiming she instructed her “contractors” not to engage in sexual or any other illegal conduct with customers.

The names of three high profile “customers” have surfaced in the case over the past year. Republican Senator David Vitter, LA, is listed as potential witness for the defense, as is former Asst. Secretary of State Randall Tobias. Harlan Ullman, a defense analyst who helped plan the invasion of Iraq is listed as a possible witness for the prosecution.


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