From pornography sellers to sex workers, Herald Price Fahringer, has represented them all, most notably as the attorney who took Hustler publisher Larry Flynt's case to the Supreme Court. Now Fahringer is Deborah Jean Palfrey’s top choice to defend her from charges of operating a high-end D.C. prostitution ring.
Palfrey's civil forfeiture lawyer has already already ruffled feathers (subscription required) in the otherwise staid D.C. federal courthouse.
Dutiful legal watchers might remember that Fahringer is noted for his representation of clients other lawyers won't. Aside from Flynt, other notable names include socialite Claus von Bulow, jazz drummer Buddy Rich and numerous other sex shops and alleged pornography dealers.
Palfrey, who has asked that her court-appointed attorney be removed (subscription required), would like Fahringer as a replacement. The only catch: that she wants $150,000 from the court to cover his representation, which requires going through a long list of clients for her business. Standard rate in federal court is less than $100 an hour.
"Plainly, I will be denied equal justice if the miserly rate that Congress has set...is deployed to fund my defense," she wrote in an April 23 filing.