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Anti-Hillary Movie Derailed by Madam Scandal?

A lawyer for an indicted D.C. madam is trying to drag conservative TV commentator Dick Morris into a juicy case that may involve thousands of former "clients," including some potentially prominent names. Morris, of course, is the one-time Clinton campaign advisor (until his toe-sucking sessions with a professional call girl were revealed).

Though Morris had admitted publicly that he hired prostitutes from more than one agency, it's unclear whether he has any connection to Pamela Martin and Associates, the call-girl agency run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who is charged with federal racketeering and money laundering.

But that hasn't stopped the lawyer for the alleged madam from serving a subpoena on Morris -- at the wrong place of business, in a move that had all the markings of a publicity stunt -- to give a deposition on information, if any, he may have about the call-girl service.

Before we get to where and why Morris was subpoenaed, here's what we're wondering: Does all this unpleasantness with prostitutes and what-not threaten to derail the anti-Hillary documentary Morris is producing with conservative hit-man David Bossie?

Apparently not, at least for now. Bossie, head of the conservative group Citizens United, had no comment on the call-girl controversy touching his close friend Morris. But on his Web site, he calls Morris "a man of character." Morris, who though he used to work for President Clinton is now actively attacking the ex-president and his wife, did not respond to email requests for comment. We also hear he's out of the country.

A source with knowledge of the planned documentary said the project is "still going along full speed" and that the producers are "looking forward to a theatrical release toward the end of the year."

The source indicated the documentary will be your run-of-the-mill conservative smear against Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). " A la Michael Moore: enlightening yet entertaining," the source said, adding that you can expect to see last weekend's oft-lampooned speech by Sen. Clinton from the pulpit of an African-American church in Alabama in which she spoke with a Southern drawl.

Back to Morris, it's really unclear whether he even received the subpoena, which was sent by Palfrey's attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley. The subpoena was delivered by a process server to "Dick Morris c/o Bill O'Reilly" at Fox News in New York. According a copy of the affidavit of service, obtained by Yours Sleuthly, the subpoena was given to someone identified in the affidavit as a "co-worker" named "Stephanie Minovici." The affidavit says the "co-worker" was asked if Fox News was Morris's "actual place of business" and that the response was "affirmative."

A spokeswoman for Fox News, Irena Briganti, said Morris is not a "paid contributor" to Fox or an employee of the network. He is, however, listedhere as a "political analyst and regular contributor to FNC."

Meanwhile, Sibley, the madam's attorney who served (or attempted to serve) a subpoena on Morris, is still threatening to divulge her 10,000 client list "sooner rather than later." Asked why he chose to name Morris publicly, he said because Morris "has come out publicly."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 6, 2007; 4:01 PM ET
 
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