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Legislation targets firms that try to duck subpoenas

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) introduced legislation that would prohibit a firm from receiving District contracts for five years if it does not comply with a council subpoena.

The legislation, which has several co-sponsors, is directed at Banneker Ventures, the company awarded the controversial contract to oversee the construction of more than a dozen recreational facilities.

A. Scott Bolden, an attorney for Banneker principal Omar Karim, informed Thomas last week that Karim would not appear at a hearing on the issue Wednesday. In a letter, he said Karim had a scheduling conflict and added that the subpoena is broad and burdensome.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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That legislation is too simplistic. We are talking about laws being broken plus ignoring the supoena. They should never be able to do business again with the District and I would hope that some court action could be taken against them as well.

Posted by: candycane1 | December 2, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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