At least three powerful men, including Sen. David Vitter, D-La., may not have to testify about their involvement with a Washington, D.C. escort service.
The attorney for accused "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey said he would rest his case today without calling any further witnesses, the Associated Press reported. The prosecution is also expected to rest its case today, Preston Burton told the news service.
Earlier in the case, Burton had indicated he might call to the stand Vitter, former senior State Department official Randall Tobias, and military strategist Harlan Ullman -- all men whose numbers appeared on phone records of Palfrey's business. None have been called.
While the trio will apparently be saved the embarrassment of publicly describing their encounters with Palfrey and her women, many lesser-known figures have not been so lucky.
Three lesser-known men who were former clients were called by prosecutors to testify they had sex with women dispatched by Palfrey. Several women who worked for Palfrey were also compelled to testify, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
The witness' responses under oath have comprised a litany of unhappiness and pain, making coverage of the trial less titillating than traumatic. "More Winces Than Thrills" was the headline of a Washington Post story this morning, which called the lengthy testimony from the former escorts "just a long, sad parade."
Palfrey maintains she ran a "sexual fantasy" escort service and prohibited her employees from engaging in any illegal activity, including intercourse with clients for money.
Vitter has previously acknowledged his involvement with the service; Tobias told ABC News a year ago he had used Palfrey's agency "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage" but did not have sex with them.
Ullman, whom Palfrey described as "a disagreeable character," told reporters last year that the appearance of his number in Palfrey's business phone records was "beneath the dignity of comment."