DETROIT (CBS/AP) Federal prosecutors were ordered Friday to turn over a computer disc containing more than 30,000 names allegedly linked to an international prostitution ring based in Florida.
U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow granted a request to see the disc by a lawyer for the alleged prostitution ring-leader, Greg Carr, but said the contents cannot be copied, printed or shared with anyone besides the accused.
Prosecutors say Carr's company, Miami Companions, spent a decade arranging high-priced trysts in many large U.S. cities, as well as Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica.
Carr and others were indicted last year in Detroit, which, according to prosecutors, was one of the hottest places for his business. His ex-wife and an office manager have pleaded guilty in the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Blackwell held up the computer disc in court Friday and described it as the "so-called black book" of the business. Carr's attorney, Paul DeCailly, who said he's entitled to see all evidence as he prepares for trial, asked the judge to intervene in a dispute over viewing the contents.
The government had wanted DeCailly to look at the disc and take notes only in the presence of investigators. Blackwell said there was concern the disc, which includes names, email addresses and sexual preferences, would be used to harass Carr's former customers.
Tarnow, however, ordered her to share it with DeCailly under strict conditions.
DeCailly later told reporters it wasn't practical for him to look at the disc in the presence of the FBI because he often works late at night.