Barry Spokeswoman: Ex Was Qualified, Delivered the Work
D.C. city councilman Marion Barry's office has called a late press conference for the second night in a row, this one set for 9 p.m. from the Wilson Building downtown. It's not known whether the councilman himself will make an appearance (he didn't last night) or whether special guests will make an appearance again (ex-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt showed up unannounced).
While charges were dropped today, Barry could still be looking at repercussions for putting Watts-Brighthaupt on the city payroll.
We'll be live-blogging tonight's press conference, so keep an eye on this post.
9:14 p.m.: Gaggle is getting feisty re: work duties and product, but the spokewoman refuses to answer any more questions tonight and ends the news conference, saying that these questions will be addressed tomorrow morning if reporters wish to pursue the story further.
9:12 p.m.: "It's not illegal for city councilman to offer awards to friends of theirs. ... Ms. Watts was qualified for the position. ... She went through the legal process." Spokeswoman can't detail qualifications, but says that they have the work she delivered.
9:10 p.m.Barry will consider making statements tomorrow once the judges dismiss the charges. Spokeswoman refuses to comment on voice mails City Paper got a hold of. "The contents of those tapes had absolutely nothing to do with the arrest of Mr. Barry on July 4. ... The release of those tapes did nothing more but to show the true character of Mr. Barry's accuser."
9:09 p.m. Mr. Barry has spoken truthfully, thanks U.S. attorney's office for making the right decision. Reiterating Barry's complaints about being held for a long time by the Park Police.
9:07 p.m.. We're starting. No Barry.
9:03 p.m.: A group of tourists from Texas is quizzing the cameramen. Other Post folks here this evening: local columnist Bob McCartney, City Hall reporters Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart, and reporter Hamil Harris shooting video.
9:00 p.m.: It's a lovely summer twilight here in downtown D.C. The skaters have the run of Freedom Plaza, a trio of TV vans have masts at full extension on Pennsylvania Avenue, and your blogger is perched high atop the Wilson Building steps overlooking the microphone, waiting out the traditional 15-minute news conference delay.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
July 8, 2009; 8:25 PM ET
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