Ex-lawyer for ‘D.C. Madam’ sues federal chief judge, clerk for $1 million each

WASHINGTON — The former lawyer for “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey is suing Chief Judge Richard Roberts, of D.C.’s U.S. District Court, and Clerk of Court Angela Caesar for $1 million each, claiming his First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated.

Montgomery Blair Sibley has filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court, claiming he has been unable to argue for the release of Palfrey’s telephone and other records obtained during his representation of Palfrey because Roberts has ordered Caesar to not file Sibley’s motions.

Without providing any specifics, Sibley has contended that information found within Palfrey’s escort service records could affect the 2016 presidential election.

Sibley says Verizon Wireless provided a CD with 815 account holder customer names, addresses, Social Security numbers and home and business telephone numbers.

In his new lawsuit, Sibley writes he has a “right and duty to bring the government and any person in authority to the bar of public opinion for just criticism upon their conduct in the exercise of the authority which the people have conferred and preparing to confer upon them.”

Sibley’s license to practice law in D.C. was suspended in 2008, which Roberts has quoted as one reason to forbid Sibley from arguing for the release of his former client’s records.

The initial hearing in the case has been scheduled for May 27.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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