04/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, DC Madam, Found Guilty Of Running Prostitution Ring

The AP reports that Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman infamously known as the DC Madam, has been found guilty of running a prostitution service:

A federal jury has convicted a woman of running a high-end prostitution ring that catered to members of Washington's political elite.

The verdict against Deborah Jeane Palfrey was announced in a courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Palfrey has repeatedly denied the escort service engaged in prostitution, and that any sex acts happened without her knowledge. Palfrey caused a sensation last year when she announced that she would sell her phone records to news outlets to pay for her defense.

Her most famous client was Republican Senator David Vitter, of Lousiana. Sen. Vitter was named as a witness in the case and could have been called to testify. He could have refused, but even that would have required a potentially very embarrassing trip to the courthouse.

Sen. Vitter was so reluctant to answer questions from the press about his relationship with Ms. Palfrey hat he crashed his car trying to evade reporters. Watch the video here.

Fortunately for Sen. Vitter, he was spared from having to testify.