Thursday, May 1, 2008

Was this really worth it?

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, recently convicted on racketeering and money laundering charges in connection to her Washington DC escort service, killed herself today.

Apparently before the trial, another woman involved with the trial, Brandy Britton, killed herself as well. (Time)

That's two deaths as a result of the high profile trial. In case you forgot, during this trial, the women who worked at the escort service were asked personal and invasive questions about sexual positions and menstruation and a navel officer was discharged as a result of her participation in the trial. What questions about sexual positions and menstruation were doing at a trial on money laundering and racketeering, I don't know.

In case you were wondering, none of the customers who used the escort service were charged or punished in anyway.

Don't worry - it's the women who worked for the service fault. After all, "when a man pays $250 for 90 minutes of time with a woman, what do most men expect?"


Amelia said...

Thank you for posting on this. I just read about this, and was going to post on it myself if someone else hadn't already.

It's incredibly sad and shameful, the way this whole case was handled.

At the very least, this will help keep this in the spotlight, and perhaps it will be addressed.

Jen said...

Some people I know are talking about how it's a conspiracy. I highly doubt that, but it's a shame nonetheless. These women are very much less guilty than the men who bought women to objectify for years, and yet got immunity. Now these women are dead, partly because of the bias of our legal system. Makes you really mad, doesn't it?

Lindsay said...

Although I have to admit, if I was in her situation I'd probably kill myself too.

50 years in prison? I just watched 25th Hour where the main character is facing 7 years and that seems like forever.

And then to compare this to Scooter Libby and his pardon? The world sucks.