The courtroom was packed yesterday for a routine status hearing in the prostitution case against Deborah Jeane Palfrey, AKA the DC Madam, after the resignation Friday of a former client who happened to be the State Department's director of foreign assistance and administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Ms Palfrey was there to fire her highly regarded public defender, and ask the judge for $150,000 to hire a new lawyer. Judge Gladys Kessler agreed to appoint a new lawyer, but not of Palfrey's choosing. "You are operating under the Criminal Justice Act because of indigent issues," the judge explained. "It does not give you the right to select counsel."
Washingto Post story here.