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Judge orders Skinner to appear before council

A Superior Court judge has ordered Sinclair Skinner, a friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty embroiled in a D.C. Council investigation of recreation construction contracts, to testify before the council on March 24.

Senior Judge Stephen F. Eilperin found that Skinner has avoided appearance despite "numerous formal and informal efforts" by the council to get him to testify. The order enforced a council subpoena delivered Jan. 19 to get Skinner to appear Jan. 27.

Skinner, who had been claiming through his attorney that he was not properly served, faces a $5,000 fine if he does not appear on the 24th and an additional fine of $1,000 per day that he fails to appear without arranging an alternate date.

Skinner's firm, Liberty Engineering and Design, was a subcontractor on the parks contracts. The council launched a probe in October after discovering the contracts had been awarded without its approval.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Nikita Stewart  |  February 26, 2010; 5:32 PM ET
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Every day that Mr. Skinner failed to show up before DC Council he has been making money on the contracts his mayoral influence helped him to obtain.

Scott Bolden, Mr. Skinner has been properly served what will you advise him to do now?

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Posted by: gitkonlyyou | February 26, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"Skinner, who had been claiming through his attorney that he was not properly served,..."

Not properly served. Did the process server hold the summons in the wrong hand, didn't call him by his proper name, or something else? You've got to wonder why someone who is a friend of the mayor and receiveing DC taxpayer money doesn't want to talk to the DC council. I wonder if he will take the fifth when he does show up.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 27, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least this time the mysterious FOF is not a youngish, relatively attractive FEMALE.

Posted by: kinkysr | February 27, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Judge Eilperin! I wonder if that smirk is still on his face now.

Posted by: candycane1 | February 27, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Of course this guy's gonna take the fifth. Fenty is a crook. This is great news for DC.

Posted by: Martial | February 27, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

First questions from the dais should be:

Mr. Skinner, how did you come from running a dry cleaner to being the owner of an engineering firm?

Do you have a degree in any form of engineering?

If not, as the principle in Liberty Engineering and Design, how did you come to acquire certification as a disadvantaged local business enterprise which requires it's principle to have such credentials?

Answers, I assure you will be:

No, No and because the Mayor directed the Office of Small and Local Business Development to certify my company.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 27, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's go further concernedaboutdc...

Liberty Engineering & Design, PLLC. PLLC is a professional limited liability comapany as such all organizers, members and managers of the PLLC must be
licensed to provide the professional services for which the PLLC is organized, in this case civil engineering.

Mr. Skinner, per public record with DCRA, is listed as follows:


This means that Mr. Skinner has passed the first half of the registration exam for licensure as a professional engineer in civil engineering. There is a second professional practice exam that must be passed to become an professional engineer or P.E. Now these records do lag some, but as of the current public record he is NOT licensed.

That begs the question that how can "his" firm be organized a PLLC if he himself is not a registered professional. I would expect that others members of board/ shareholders are registered P.E.'s.

Hopefully someone will ask, and reasonable answer is received. Otherwise, I am not sure how the firm qualifies for DPR, DDOT or other engineering contracts if their incorporation has open questions.

Posted by: contrarian4 | March 1, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

And, please WaPo, how about some additional analysis of DC contracts worth millions and gifted to MD contractor, vote fraudster and FOF Keith Lomax under the LSDBC program for DC resident/business owners.

Posted by: LongTimeRez | March 1, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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