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Former lawyer for the ‘D.C. Madam’ says names in her records could be ‘relevant’ to election

Montgomery Blair Sibley is seeking to air the records of the “D.C. Madam.” (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley has sued senators and Supreme Court justices. He’s been a write-in presidential candidate. He represented the “D.C. Madam,” whose black book included a sitting senator.

The colorful case of a well-named lawyer

Now Sibley claims that some never-before-aired information found in the records of said madam “could be relevant” to the upcoming presidential election.

How so? Well, he can’t say. Sibley is bound by restraining orders imposed by the court in the case of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who committed suicide in 2008 soon after she was found guilty of racketeering and money laundering. But her colorful former attorney is now seeking permission to release 815 names of Palfrey’s clients and the records of 40 other escort services operating in Washington, a pool that he’s hinting includes someone with bearing on the current political campaign.

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.

Senator’s number on ‘Madam’ phone list

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.

D.C. madam defendant has a new target: Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell