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Friday, April 13, 2007


Assistance Sought in Solving Case

D.C. police are seeking the public's help in solving the case of a woman raped last week as her 3-year-old daughter looked on.

The woman and her child were attacked at 5 p.m. April 4 by two men after leaving a Checkers restaurant at 14th Street and Maryland Avenue NE, police said. As she walked in the 1300 block of G Street NE, the men followed. One pulled a knife, forcing them into an alley. One man raped the woman, and the other held her daughter. Both fled on foot.

Police released a composite sketch of one of the men. Authorities urged anyone with information to call police at 202-727-9099.

-- Robert E. Pierre


Funds for Defense Counsel Denied

A federal judge has denied Deborah Jeane Palfrey's request for $500,000 for private counsel and to "ensure adequate investigation" of her federal racketeering case. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said Palfrey, accused of being a Washington call-girl madam, had offered no basis for "the exorbitant request she has made."

Palfrey was excused from attending a status hearing yesterday. But Kessler expressed concern that Palfrey, 51, who lives in California, did not take the judge's suggestion that she listen to the proceedings in a telephone conference call. Palfrey wants her court-appointed attorney to be replaced because of differences between them, and Kessler said she wanted to ensure that Palfrey understands that the court would select any substitute.

Kessler rescheduled the hearing for April 30 and ordered that transportation be arranged so that Palfrey can attend.

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