Rejecting the defense that she didn't know her escorts were having sex with clients, a federal jury convicted the "DC Madam," who, WTOP–FM reports, met today's verdict with a sigh. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, whose prostitution-ring bust implicated Washington highbrows, including a Louisiana senator, faces up to 55 years on racketeering and money-laundering charges at her sentencing in July.
"When a man agrees to pay $250 for 90 minutes with a woman, what do most men expect in that time?" asked a prosecutor during closing arguments. Palfrey's attorney likened punishing her to punishing a taxi dispatcher for "the route the cab driver took," the AP reports.