Committee Recommends Censure for Marion Barry
Trivia question: When was Marion Barry first arrested, and for what? (answer below)
Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry could be headed toward his second D.C. Council censure in three years. This morning, the Council committee created to punish Barry for accepting cash from city contractors recommended censuring the mayor-for-life and stripping him of his committee chairmanship.
The five-member committee, made up of Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, at-large councilmembers Anita Bonds and David Grosso, and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, voted unanimously for the recommendations.The full D.C. Council will vote on Barry’s punishment tomorrow.
Barry has already been censured and fined $13,600 by the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability for accepting the gifts.
“His conduct worsens the growing mistrust of District government officials and underscores claims that the Council’s role in the contract oversight process is fundamentally flawed,” McDuffie, the committee’s chairman, read from the report. The committee didn’t find any evidence of a quid pro quo between Barry and the contractors.
The committee’s report finds that Barry accepted $6,800 in cash payments from two city contractors, Keith Forney and Freddie Winston. Barry violated Council rules both by accepting gifts from a prohibited source and not recusing himself on a vote involving a contract payment to Forney’s company, according to the
Answer: On January 18, 1990, Barry was arrested with Moore in a sting operation at the Vista Hotel by the FBI and D.C. Police for crack cocaine use and possession
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