On Monday, Sibley filed a complaint of judicial misconduct against Chief Judge Richard Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming that Roberts instructed a clerk not to file his earlier request to lift the order preventing him from making those records public. A spokeswoman for Roberts did not immediately respond to phone calls, and a Roberts spokesman gave a “no comment” to WTOP, which first reported the filing.
During her trial, Palfrey posted online the phone numbers of many of her clients, a list that included Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who later apologized for a “very serious sin.” In an interview on Monday, Sibley said he’d obtained names associated with those numbers through a subpoena of phone records at the time, but they had been quashed by a court order.
Sibley said he’d sat on the documents for years, but the upcoming election had prompted him to try to air the names. Why, exactly? “Well, this is where I walk a fine line,” he said. “I don’t want to say something that would violate the order.”
Sibley has irked the courts plenty in the past — he had his law license suspended for three years in 2008 for being a “vexatious litigant.” But he’s hoping this latest quest might bring him peace of mind.
“I’ll sleep better at night knowing that I tried to do what I thought was appropriate in the situation,” he said.