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Sen. Vitter And D.C. Madam May Reunite in Court

It looks like Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) may finally have to answer questions about how his number wound up repeatedly on the so-called D.C. Madam's phone list between 1999 and 2001 when he was a House member.

Vitter, who admitted last year that he had committed a "very serious sin," is among a half dozen witnesses who the defense lawyer for former escort service owner Deborah Jeane Palfrey plans to call to the witness stand during Palfrey's racketeering and money-laundering trial. Jury selection began Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Washington.

According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Judge James Robertson on Friday denied a motion by Vitter's attorney, Henry Asbill, to quash a subpoena. Asbill indicated his client planned to invoke his 5th Amendment rights not to answer questions.

Palfrey has argued that her employees provided legal erotic fantasy services, not actual sex, for paying clients. Her lawyers have long suggested they would call Vitter to the stand to help bolster their argument.

Vitter, who has said nothing about the case beyond last year's vague apology, issued a statement Friday saying "how sorry I am to have hurt the people I love so deeply, starting with my family and certainly including the people of Louisiana."

The senator's office did not respond to a request for comment today about whether Vitter plans to take the Fifth if he is, indeed, called to the witness stand.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 7, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
 
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