On her show Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow detailed the early-2000s case of Washington, D.C., madam Deborah Palfrey.
The proprietor of high-end escort service Pamela Martin & Associates, Palfrey was convicted in 2008 of money laundering and racketeering.
Palfrey and her lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, fought to release the company's phone records to corroborate claims that it operated legally. They ultimately released some of the info to the media.
What ensued was the so-called "D.C. Madam Sex Scandal" that outed Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's extramarital activity.
Facing up to 55 years in prison, Palfrey committed suicide in 2008. Sibley subsequently inherited full ownership of the remaining records, but has been under a court-issued gag order since 2007.
Sibley has reemerged, however, threatening to defy the gag order within the next two weeks, telling WTOP that the records "may be relevant to the upcoming election."
Pamela Martin & Associates operated from 1996 to 2007.
Watch Maddow's segment below: