Three defendants in a widely publicized New Orleans brothel case received the lightest possible sentences yesterday. A federal judge put on probation a local prostitute, a woman who had operated a brothel in the upscale Boston neighborhood of Brookline, and another woman who had run a brothel along the Chicago lakefront, said the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The case got national attention last year when the U.S. Attorney’s office used it to disclose details of a $300-an-hour New Orleans brothel connected to a national circuit of madams and traveling prostitutes. A prosecutor said at the time, “This case represents, I feel, one of the vilest forms of racketeering there is. That’s the exploitation of women for the sake of a buck.” But only one of nine defendants sentenced so far has received prison time–a six-month term.