A new lawyer would be nice, but now alleged D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey wants a new judge and new prosecutors, too. They’re the latest oh-my! motions in her case -- and only slightly less madcap than her civil attorney’s announcement two weeks ago that Palfrey wished to subpoena an ABC News reporter and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to prove she is victim of political persecution. (Cue the headshaking and sighing.)
Palfrey, in a motion filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, says that Senior Judge Gladys Kessler has shown bias and hostility towards her and her civil attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, whom Kessler forbade from sitting next to Palfrey during criminal proceedings. Incredibly, she also accuses Kessler of moving slowly, though Palfrey is on her second court-appointed lawyer -- she said the first, Federal Public Defender A.J. Kramer, was too busy to handle the litigation -- and has saddled the case with more than a dozen motions. Kessler, in a recent hearing, complained of a lack of progress.
In the other motion, Palfrey asks the court to toss Assistant U.S. attorneys Daniel Butler, Catherine Connelly and William Cowden from the case, alleging that they “disclosed privileged settlement communications for a malicious and improper use.” Palfrey notes in the filing that her current court-appointed attorney -- Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Preston Burton, whom she is also trying to shake loose -- refused to bring these matters before the court. Gee.