The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in a former lawyer’s request to release records of a woman who ran a high-priced escort service in Washington that he claimed “could be relevant” to the 2016 presidential election.
Without comment, the court denied a stay sought by Montgomery Blair Sibley, who had asked to be released from a lower court restraining order that barred him from sharing the records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the “D.C. Madam.”
Sibley represented Palfrey, who committed suicide in 2008 after being found guilty of racketeering and money laundering in connection with the service.
Restraining orders stemming from Palfrey’s federal case bar Sibley from releasing records he says he has kept, including names, Social Security numbers and addresses of 815 of Palfrey’s former clients and phone records of 40 other escort services operating in the Washington area.
Watch: David Knight speaks with attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, who has threatened to release phone records he claims will throw a kink in the presidential election. The attorney has threatened to release one or more names on the steps of the Supreme Court.
Watch: Jon Bowne’s report on why the “DC Madam Phone Records Could Destroy Washington D.C.”