'DC Madam' Mom Sues to Stop Release of Suicide Photos

Says disclosure is an invasion of privacy
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, right, is walked to a news conference by her civil attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, in Washington on April 30, 2007.    (AP Photo, file)
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(Newser) – The mother of 'DC Madam' Deborah Jeane Palfrey is suing to stop police from releasing photos of her daughter's suicide scene, the St. Petersburg Times reports. A public records law allows disclosure, but the Blanche Palfrey's attorney argues it's "inappropriate, unacceptable, and personally harmful." The late Palfrey faced up to eight years in prison when she killed herself in a shed at her mother's home.

"She cries every day for her daughter, so this is something she feels very strongly about," said Palfrey's lawyer. "Certainly the reports are newsworthy in the sense that they describe the scene, but the photos may go too far in invading her privacy."