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D.C. Council may meet on Barry's fate

The D.C. Council might hold a special meeting Tuesday to determine what kind of punishment council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) may receive after a council probe determined that he had misused city funds.

"There are myriad of issues" involved, said council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D). Barry could be censured and stripped of his chairmanship of the Committee on Housing and Workforce Development. The council also might refer the matter to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, as recommended by attorney Robert S. Bennett, who led the council investigation on a pro bono basis.

Gray said Monday that he would want to resolve all issues, such as who would head the committee if Barry is removed, before proposing any sanctions. When pressed about a "delay," Gray said, "Do you realize people's lives are at stake here?"

The council was expected to address Barry's troubles during its regular legislative meeting Tuesday, but it was not on the agenda. Gray said an additional meeting could be held Tuesday.
Gray said he met with Barry on Friday for an hour and a half to discuss the investigation. He said Barry's voluntary resignation was not discussed.

Barry, 73, apologized for using poor judgment last week. He did not attend a news briefing at which Gray spoke to the media, but his attorney Frederick D. Cooke and spokeswoman Natalie Williams were there.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Nikita Stewart  
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Leave Barry alone!!! He is a national symbol and his statements are the only thing funny to come out of the District.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | March 1, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Gray said "lives are involved." Could someone explain that to me?

Posted by: brian37 | March 1, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Crack trade may be disrupted.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | March 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

You have had a nice run in DC politics, Marion. Time to retire & move to Florida. Practice your shuffleboard skills.

Posted by: uncivil | March 1, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The B***h set me up!

Posted by: wjc1va | March 1, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Now what do we do about gangsta mayor and his henchman, Nickles?

Posted by: logosdesigns | March 1, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't know exactly what Gray meant "lives are involved," but he could be referring to the fact that if Barry is stripped of his chairmanship, his office would lose a significant amount of money that pays the salaries of the committee staff. That committee staff, or at least some of them, certainly would be replaced by the new Chair of the committee who would probably like to hire their own staff.

Posted by: bjmiles1 | March 1, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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