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Nickles explains why lawyers got bonuses past deadline

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles has an official explanation on how lawyers in his office were paid bonuses in October despite a new law that prohibited such pay in fiscal 2010, which began Oct. 1.

In a letter to Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Nickles wrote the bonuses, which were based on an earlier labor agreement, were just slow to be processed because of budget concerns. Read the full letter here.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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I'm far more interested in learning the reasoning behind Mr. Nickles' opinion that $1 million+ government contracts that were never approved by the DC Council are, on the one hand illegal, but, on the other hand, nevertheless enforceable. If contracts made by minors are both illegal and unenforceable, why are these large DC government contracts enforceable?

It appears that Mr. Nickles acts more like Adrian Fenty's personal advocate than an objective legal counsel to the District of Columbia.

Posted by: DCResident22 | December 16, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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