DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey has e-mailed to tell us that her show trial is now scheduled to open on April 7th in the U.S. District Court in Washington.
She tells us she is facing Federal charges of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy, accused of running a prostitution ring that netted more than $2 million over a 13 year period.
Apparently Senator "Poopy Pants" Vitter is also awaiting notice that he could be prosecuted under the provisions of the Travel Act, which prohibits use of the mail and interstate travel to promote gambling, unlawful distribution of narcotics and prostitution.
"Without doubt, I am in the fight of my life," Palfrey says in her e-mail, "Unfortunately, the Government will not capitulate, nor will I in this extremely bizarre case; one, where no person other than myself -- including all former clients and escorts -- is being charged with any crime here. Technically the Government has been successful in making the charges against me work on paper. As a result, I have no choice-- nor have I ever had any alternative -- but to fight on and clear my name via the facts of the case, particularly since -- if convicted, federal sentencing guidelines allow for a maximum sentence of 55 years imprisonment."
Larry Flint sent some girls from his New Orleans Hustler Club to add some jollity to a Vitter fund raiser.
When asked about the unexpected bosom budies of Vitter's turning up Vitter spokesman Joel DiGrado would only say, "At the event there was great support and fellowship from hundreds of friends and supporters including Gov. Jindal and other statewide leaders. It was also a tremendous fundraising success, raising $429,000."
Watch this space.