Justice Department Says Alleged D.C. Madam Prosecutor Client Is Dead

A "career Justice Department prosecutor" identified in a news report as a client of alleged Washington madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey has been dead for nearly three years, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

An ABC News report Friday on Palfrey's client list included mentions of NASA officials, military officers, chief executives and a "career Justice Department prosecutor." The network did not publicly identify the individuals.

Palfrey's civil lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, had sought disclosure of the prosecutor's identity to determine if the individual had any role in the decision to prosecute Palfrey on federal charges of running a prostitution ring out of her escort service, Pamela Martin & Associates.

In a statement Tuesday, the Justice Department said the individual died in 2004, presumably before authorities began investigating Palfrey.

"I don't know how dead people can influence prosecutions," Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.