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Deputy Fire Chief Ronald E. Gill Jr. and property disposal specialist Robin Booth - the two employees involved in the city's controversial donation of surplus property to a town in the Dominican Republic - will be represented by well-connected law firms, according to Attorney General Peter J. Nickles.

Nickles said in a letter to council members that the city has arranged the pro bono legal representation.

Nickles has stalled the city's response to D.C. Council subpoenas to depose the two employees. Nickles explained the latest development in a letter delivered yesterday and addressed to Council members Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), who are leading a probe into the donation.

Booth will be represented by Venable, paid millions in city funds to represent the District in land deals around Nationals' Park. Covington & Burlington, Nickles's former employer, will represent Gill.

The council members will now deal with attorneys from those firms in the matter.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 22, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
 
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So now, if your a city employee and don't want to answer questions about what you do when your at work, I mean.... any WRONG DOING you do at work... get the city to PAY for an attorney to speak for you. Good to know.

Posted by: my2centsis | May 22, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

The more Nickles speaks the more we know it must be really bad. It's just a matter of time before Nickles bites that side of the apple that has the cyanide. this can't go on too much longer. He is an obstruction of justice and I hope the US attorney's office is paying close attention.

Posted by: candycane1 | May 23, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Something is really, really, rotton here. I sense laws have been broken and Peter Nickles is deeply involved. Is he really hiring these attorney's at city expense to protect his own hindside.

The Justice Department really needs to intervene here.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 25, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Nickles said in a letter to council members that the city has arranged the pro bono legal representation."

"Pro Bono" means free...

"Booth will be represented by Venable, paid millions in city funds to represent the District in land deals around Nationals' Park."

Except that we've already paid through the nose for Venable services.... LOLOL.

Posted by: LongTimeRez | May 26, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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