Sorry, looky-loos: You’ll have to go without federally gathered details of Jeff Thompson‘s sex life. A federal judge denied a request from the Washington Post last week to release more documents related to the federal investigation into Thompson, days after the former Medicaid contractor and illicit2010 Vince Gray mayoral shadow campaign financier was sentenced to a short prison term.
While the Post won the release in April of hundreds of pages related to the investigation into Thompson and Gray, the new request was aimed at files related to Thompson’s personal life and suitability as a witness. The investigation reportedly raised questions about whether Thompson’s sex life would make him a weak prosecution witness against Gray, who was never charged when prosecutors closed the case last December.
LL has no doubt that the details of Thompson’s private life, which involved association with the mysterious Proteus Spann, would be fascinating. But the Post‘s attorneys made the argument that disclosure of the investigation into what Judge Beryl A. Howell calls Thompson’s “intimate or otherwise salacious details of private affairs” was in the public interest, since anything uncovered in the investigation into Thompson could have played into the federal investigation into Gray and the decision not to charge the ex-mayor.
Howell denied the Post‘s motion, in part because opening up the private lives of government witnesses like Thompson could discourage future cooperators.