`Black book' pages open today for Frederick viewing

February 18, 2004

FREDERICK -- Starting this morning at 8, residents can come to Frederick's City Hall to look at 8,500 pages of documents as well as several videotapes and discs relating to a prostitution business.

After losing an open-records fight, the city was required to make public the so-called "black book" of records that city police seized in a July 1999 raid. Rumors have run rampant over whose names might be included in the list of clients.

The material can be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., city spokeswoman Nancy Gregg Poss said. Anyone interested in purchasing copies would have to pay for them, she said, and an entire set could cost $2,000.

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