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Nickles: Fire Truck Witnesses Will Be No-Shows

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles says deputy fire Chief Ronald E. Gill Jr. and property disposal specialist Robin Booth will not be available for depositions in a D.C. Council probe into the donation of a fire truck and ambulance to a town in the Dominican Republic.

The council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, headed by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), served Gill and Booth with subpoenas to appear for depositions today and tomorrow.

Gill, who traveled to Sosua, and Booth, who oversees such property donations, will not be there, Nickles said in an interview. "Until there's a procedure in place to adequately protect the witnesses, they won't be available," he said.

Nickles said as much in a letter he said he delivered to Cheh and Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). He said he wants a setup similar to that used by pro bono counsel WilmerHale in the council's investigation of the scandal in the Office of Tax and Revenue.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 6, 2009; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Is there any accountability for Fenty and his cronies?

Posted by: letsbereal2 | May 6, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

council will have to do what congress should have done to rove, miers, libby and other subpoena'd witnesses who no-showed (and which parliament used to do, or threaten to do, to kings' ministers to compel their testimony): vote to abolish their offices and expunge their salaries from the budget. ought to include nickles' shekels too...

Posted by: a-littlebird-ptolemy | May 6, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

There has got to be something that addresses this simple minded AG and his obstruction of the law. He is the city attorney but his duties seem to be limited to mayoral spokesperson. Slash his budget some more! I hope that there is some kind of court intervention to stop this looney-tune.

Posted by: candycane1 | May 6, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

OK Mr. Nickles, how about the court of public opinion.

I invite everyone to take a look at the OpEd of Dorothy Bazile

"Fun in the Sun in the Dominican Republic" at

There you will find the evidence that lays the Mayor right in the center of this scandal. He has friends and cronnies both inside AND outside the government involved in this.

How about this, the Peaceaholics Ron Moten doesn't even have a passport. How, then can he be involved in the boxing arrangement between District youth and the Dominican Republic. The truth is in the referenced article and it involves kickbacks to a Fenty campaign employee not working for the government.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 7, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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