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Skinner testimony scheduled for April 15

Sinclair Skinner's long-awaited and much anticipated testimony to a special D.C. Council Committee investigating the awarding of contracts is now scheduled for April 15, not April 14, said his attorney A. Scott Bolden.

Bolden filed a motion in Superior Court Tuesday to set the April 15 date, citing "foreign travel" as the reason Skinner, a friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and owner of an engineering firm, could not appear Wednesday as a judge ordered.

In February, a judge enforced the council committee's subpoena to make Skinner testify about his involvement in the troubled parks and recreation contracts awarded to his firm and others with ties Fenty.

The council began a probe of the contracts last year when council members learned that the Fenty administration had transferred millions of dollars in funds to the D.C. Housing Authority, which awarded the contracts without council approval.

The special committee has held several hearings, but Skinner did not respond to invitations and a subpoena until now. Skinner was ordered to appear Wednesday, come up with an alternate date or face fines.

On Tuesday, Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) said the committee and Skinner have agreed upon April 14 for the long-awaited testimony. But Bolden said the date is actually April 15.

Read the consent motion filed Tuesday.

By Washington Post editors  |  March 24, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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I find it ironic that the city would waste it's financail resources on Mr. Skinner a young African-American professional that has broken no laws with his previous city contract at issue. If Mr. Skinner was a young white professional this would not be an issue.

It appears each time an African-American be it President Obama or Skinner breaking the norms of white men domain - it suddenly becomes taboo and criminal in nature. Unfortunately the house Negroe mentality created by white men for black men during the United States of America Slave trade still prevails on the DC City Council.

Posted by: mlthorpe2c02 | March 24, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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