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Skinner agrees to April date for testimony

The D.C. Council will have to wait a little longer for the elusive Sinclair Skinner, friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and owner of an engineering firm involved in the troubled parks and recreation contracts.

Though a judge set a March 24 date for Skinner to testify before a special council committee investigating the contracts, he also gave Skinner leeway to come up with a solid date for his appearance.

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) said the committee and Skinner have agreed upon April 14 for the long-awaited testimony.

Through attorney A. Scott Bolden, Skinner declined invitations during a series of hearings. Bolden said Skinner had not been properly served with a subpoena, but in February, Superior Court Senior Judge Stephen F. Eilperin ordered Skinner to appear before the council March 24 or come up with a solid date when he could.

If he doesn't show April 14, Skinner could be fined $5,000 for the non-appearance on that day and $1,000 a day for his continued absence.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 23, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Uh-oh, it looks like they're going after Fenty's down low buddies.

Posted by: checkered1 | March 23, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Well we know who is in charge and it is not the City Council. Sinclair Skinner is in charge, he is clearly dictating how things will happen. This bunch of spinless wimps will probably let him skate again. We will see if he ever appears if he allows them to ask him any questions.

Posted by: diahhna | March 23, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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