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Fla. court limits access to D.C. Madam's suicide photos

By The Associated Press
08.19.08

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Police photographs taken after the so-called D.C. Madam committed suicide can be viewed under the state’s public-records law but are not allowed to be copied or published.

That’s after a judge ruled on the matter on Aug. 15.

In May, 52-year-old Deborah Palfrey hanged herself in a shed outside her mother’s mobile home in Florida. Her mother found the body.

Blanche Palfrey had argued that it would be an invasion of privacy to release the photographs taken by Tarpon Springs police. Her attorney Serbo Simeoni called the ruling “very considerate and fair.”

Deborah Palfrey was convicted two weeks before her death of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington’s political elite.


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