SCOTUS denies request from DC Madam's attorney to release info

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request from a lawyer who once represented a woman known as the "DC Madam" to release records from her famous escort service.

Those records include such sensitive information as customer names, Social Security numbers and addresses— information the lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, has said could affect the 2016 presidential election. The so-called DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey ran a high-priced escort service in the Washington D.C.-area for a number of years before her eventual conviction. She died in 2008.

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Sibley wanted the Supreme Court to lift a lower court order, in place since 2007, that bars him from releasing any information about her records.

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Deborah Jeane Palfrey, center, charged in federal court with running a prostitution ring through her escort service, Pamela Martin & Associates, is walked to a car by her civil attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, left, after Palfrey gave a statement to the media in Washington on Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
**FOR USE AS DESIRED WITH YEAR END - FILE** In this March 9, 2007 file photo, Deborah Jeane Palfrey reads a statement outside federal court in Washington. A woman police believe to be convicted Washington escort service operator Palfrey committed suicide, officials said Thursday May 1, 2008. . (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: 'DC Madam' Deborah Jeane Palfrey (R) and her laywer Montgomery Blair Sibley leave the Prettyman U.S. Courthouse after attending several motion hearings in her trial Sept. 7, 2007 in Washington, DC. Federal prosecutors have charged Palfrey with running a prostitution ring in Washington. Palfrey says that many of her former clients were high-profile military officials and politicians including Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). Vitter apologized after admitting that his phone number appeared on a list of clients' numbers that Palfrey kept. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: Laywer Montgomery Blair Sibley (L) answers reporters' questions as his client 'DC Madam' Deborah Jeane Palfrey listens outside the Prettyman U.S. Courthouse after attending several motion hearings in her trial Sept. 7, 2007 in Washington, DC. Federal prosecutors have charged Palfrey with running a prostitution ring in Washington. Palfrey says that many of her former clients were high-profile military officials and politicians including Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). Vitter apologized after admitting that his phone number appeared on a list of clients' numbers that Palfrey kept. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 07: 'DC Madam' Deborah Jeane Palfrey (L) and her laywer Montgomery Blair Sibley leave the Prettyman U.S. Courthouse after attending several motion hearings in her trial Sept. 7, 2007 in Washington, DC. Federal prosecutors have charged Palfrey with running a prostitution ring in Washington. Palfrey says that many of her former clients were high-profile military officials and politicians including Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). Vitter apologized after admitting that his phone number appeared on a list of clients' numbers that Palfrey kept. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SLUG: ME/PALFREY. DATE: May, 22, 2007 CREDIT: Katherine Frey / TWP. Washington, DC. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the DC Madam, comes to a cafe in Georgetown for a Q & A with her lawyer. Customers pay $35 for lunch and to hear her answer questions Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the DC Madam, and her lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, answer questions posed by Carol Joynt, left, owner of Nathan's. Customers paid $35 for lunch and a chance to hear Palfrey talk about her life and former business in the district. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, left, accompanied by her lawyer Montgomery Blair Sibley, right, arrives at the U.S. District Court House in Washington, Friday, September 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
SLUG: ME-PALFREY1 PHOTOGRAPHER: NIKKI KAHN/THE WASHINGTON POST Washington DC Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the accused D.C. madam, reads a statement following a court hearing with her attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley on Monday, April 30, 2007. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
**FILE** Deborah Jeane Palfrey, right, charged in federal court with running a prostitution ring through her escort service, Pamela Martin & Associates, is walked to a news conference by her civil attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, left, in Washington in this Monday, April 30, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, FILE)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 30: Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the alleged 'DC Madam,' leaves U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., with her attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, left, after appearing before a federal judge, April 30, 2007. Palfrey, the woman accused of running a Washington, D.C., prostitution ring over a 13-year span, is making good on her threat to expose what she claims is a high-powered client list to show that her escorts stayed within the law, Sibley said. (Photo by Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: Deborah Jeane Palfrey walks with her attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley (L) before reading a statement after attending a hearing at the Federal Court House April 30, 2007 in Washington, DC. Palfrey is being accused of running a prostitution ring in the Washington area that allegedly catered to upscale clients. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Deborah Jean Palfrey of Vallejo, Calif., left, and her attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, right, leave the federal court in Washington, Friday, March 9, 2007 after Palfrey's arraignment on federal racketeering charges, Friday March 9, 2007 in Washington. (AP Photo/Chris Greenberg)
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"Time is of the essence," Sibley wrote in his latest Supreme Court filing. "Given the significance of the upcoming political primaries and caucuses, in the looming Republican and Democratic conventions on July 18th and July 25th respectively, and given the impact of the presently sealed from the public record that this attorney seeks to release, upon those electoral deliberations, expedited resolution to this application is incumbent upon this court."

His application was directed to Chief Justice John Roberts, the justice assigned to emergency appeals from the Washington, D.C. area. Roberts denied it without seeking a response from any other party, a sign of how little merit Roberts found in the application.

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