Madam Had 20,000-Name Client List
Jan. 07, 1999
HUNTINGTON WOODS, Mich. (AP) _ The City Council has decided to release the client list of the ``Huntington Woods Madam.''
If only she had kept a little black book.
The 20,000 names are contained in boxes of papers, receipts, Rolodex cards and a computer hard drive.
The records were kept by 33-year-old Marci Devernay, who police say employed 25 male and female prostitutes. She pleaded guilty last month to racketeering and could get up to 20 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 19.
The City Council decision came on Tuesday after The Detroit Free Press threatened to sue the city for the records' release. The Free Press had already sued the Oakland County prosecutor's office.
The records can't be released until next week, Police Chief Steve Fairman said.
``We need to review all the materials to see what we can release in compliance with the law, and determine what the cost will be, which the press may be responsible for,'' he said.
Fairman said the release will involve extensive photocopying and sorting and will probably cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
``We're talking about a lot of records here,'' he said.
Free Press managing editor Carole Leigh Hutton said the newspaper wants to ``evaluate the list for its importance to the case and determine whether any part of it should be printed in the newspaper.''