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Judge: Worker can't sue Fenty

A D.C. magistrate judge on Tuesday dismissed a small-claims lawsuit filed by a former campaign worker for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, ruling that the worker could not sue the mayor because Fenty holds public office.

Clinton LeSueur sued Fenty for $5,000 in pay he claimed Fenty promised him in 2007 for helping D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser win Fenty's old seat in Ward 4. Bowser was the mayor's hand-picked successor.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Michael J. McCarthy did not rule on the merits of LeSuer's claim. Rather, he dismissed the case citing a District law that provides immunity for elected officials.

The law protects office-holders from being targeted by personal lawsuits. The idea behind the law was to allow elected officials freedom to make political decisions without fear of lawsuits.

McCarthy said even if Fenty had made the deal with LeSueur, it necessarily was made after Fenty was elected mayor, and therefore LeSueur had no recourse in court.

Fenty’s attorney, Bruce Klores, also argued that there was no proof Fenty made such an agreement. Further, Klores said, LeSueur sued the wrong party because he was working for the Bowser campaign at the time. Bowser's campaign already has paid LeSueur $20,000 for his five-month position.

But LeSueuer said Fenty promised him the additional payment as a bonus if Bowser was elected.

Following the hearing, LeSueur, who represented himself, said he planned to have the decision reviewed by the court’s associate judge panel.

Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post editors  |  July 13, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities , From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Fenty had the nerve to be standing on the corner of North Capitol this morning. I went over to him and smiled in his face and said "never again." "Fool us once shame on you." Wiped the smile right off of his two faces.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | July 13, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Congradulations on finding an opportunity to be rude. Classy! Your mother must be proud!

Posted by: politicalrealist | July 13, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Way to go bigheadbul2.

If you look up the word rude, you will see a picture of Fenty.


Posted by: bnew100 | July 13, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Politicalrealist, SHUT UP! I am so sick of your defending that bald headed corrupt fool. Fenty is not very bright and he's not a good Attorney. I don't know how he passed the D.C. Bar and if he's a member of the D.C. Bar?

Politicalrealist, you are so far up into Fenty's behind, it's obvious, you are one of his family members or supporters.

Posted by: BrendaMartin | July 13, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Is it true Fenty has a rainbow bumper sticker on a city issue town car that he rides around town in ? Is it also true what other gay folks say about Fenty ?

Just asking cause I do not know . I am not acusing anyone of their sexual desires

Posted by: terryreece | July 13, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Lololol @ bigheadbull2 Way to go

Posted by: tformation1 | July 14, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Lolol @ bigheadbull2. Way to go

Seriously though, how does that make sense that he can do whatever he wants while holding office and he cant be sued? Where did this law come from? Wrong is wrong no matter what "job" he holds.

So does this mean that he cant be held accountable (financially) for any of the mess that he has caused over the last 3 years? THAT is wrong.

Posted by: tformation1 | July 14, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

the above comments have nothing to do with this article. Keep your DOME UP G.

Posted by: iknow1 | July 20, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

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