I ask myself: why haven't we been provided the names of clients one through eight? It goes without saying that all are wealthy men, and there are probably a few other politicians among them. The prostitution ring—the Emperor's Club V.I.P.—was under federal wiretap, so they MUST know the identities of the others. There are probably a lot more than nine clients too, eh, so why have their identities not been released? Though they vigorously deny it, it sure smells like a Republican setup.
Alberto Gonzales was Attorney General at the time this investigation was begun—he who fired a whole slew of high level federal prosecutors because they wouldn't kiss Bush's ass. It's just the sort of thing he would do, with the quiet urging of Karl Rove or Dick Cheney.
Later in the same post, Byrne sticks up for street vendors against excessive regulation. Whole thing here.