|Madame kept a list|
|Madame kept a list|
|Written by Jose Torres|
More often than not, prostitution busts are hardly the kind of thing that would make high-ranking officials nervous. But just ask former Congressman Elliot Spitzer. The fallout from the names in a little black book can be earth shaking and end a career faster than drunken Facebook rant.
According to a recent article in the Chicago Sun Times, the notorious madam who boasted her brothel was protected by a “VIP book” of friends who made sure “she did not have problems with the police,” could cause a few headaches for public figures.
At least one of those figures is a judge. The judge says he has no idea why his name would be in a madam’s book of clients and contacts.
Never the less, Hillside (IL) police investigators found his name, his phone number and his former business address in documents they seized in a 2007 vice raid on Kimberly Miniea’s home.
The residence was actually a brothel within Wise’s west suburban jurisdiction.
In their report, police described the documents seized as Miniea’s “past client information.”
The judge isn’t the only one getting calls from reporters.
The names of New York Citizen’s Crime Commission Chairman Richard Ciecka and former Berwyn Police Chief Frank Marzullo also appear with Wise’s on the documents recently released to the Chicago Sun-Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
While the 2007 raid in which the list was seized made national headlines, Miniea repeatedly avoided prison. During a series of undercover investigations and two felony pandering convictions, detectives never spoke to Wise, Ciecka, Marzullo or any of the other men named on the list.
Irony defined is a VIP list that no one wants to be on and that’s what appears to be the case here.
Wise, Ciecka and Marzullo all deny knowing Miniea, paying her for sex, or doing anything to protect her business.
Investigators say they found the names of possible “johns” scrawled on a loose collection of index cards, notebook pages and pocket books. Police say the madam kept meticulous records for decades.
Testifying in a child custody case earlier this year, Miniea said most of her clients were “professional men” who she’d only take on if she was “personally introduced to them through a former client.” She’d “been to parties at their homes” and serviced them for years, according to her testimony.
The Sun-Times is naming only the public officials on the list seized from her home in 2007.
And nobody is named more often than Judge Wise, whose name and number appear five times, including an entry on what seems to be the most recent list, a set of preprinted cards which read “CONFIDENTIALLY GUARANTEED APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP.”
The section of Wise’s card marked “Personal Preferences” is left blank. But other cards describe their sexual desires, stamina levels and heart conditions, and marital status.
One card referred to a client’s wishes to keep his “boots on at all times.”
The 71-year-old judge wasn’t in a good mood during a recent, brief interview in his Maywood courthouse chambers.
“I don’t know anything about it, so I have no comment,” Wise said when told that “Bill Wise” appears multiple times on the list.
The judge added, “I have no idea who or what [Miniea] is.”
There is no evidence Wise intervened or was involved in any of Miniea’s many court cases over the years.
Hillside Police said there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges of soliciting a prostitute against Wise or any of the other men named on the alleged client list.
According to the seized papers, there’s a mysterious entry made at 2:45 on January 19, 2007. The appointment is listed in one of Miniea’s notebooks with a man identified only as “commissioner.”
Whoever he is, the “commissioner” is probably safe from any fresh criminal investigation.
The statute of limitations for soliciting a prostitute in Illinois is only 18 months.
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