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Posted at 5:53 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Attorney general to move out of Wilson Building

By Mike DeBonis

Another sign that the role of the attorney general will be changing under new Mayor Vincent C. Gray: The District's incoming AG, Irvin B. Nathan, will not be working out of the John A. Wilson Building, members of the Gray administration say.

Nathan's controversial predecessor, Peter J. Nickles, worked mainly out of a corner office on the Wilson Building's fourth floor -- 10 yards and a flight of steps from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's bullpen -- even though the bulk of the Office of the Attorney General works out of the One Judiciary Square building at 441 4th St. NW.

Nickles's physical proximity to Fenty came to symbolize what critics saw as an overly close relationship between the city's top legal officer and its chief executive. The AG's office was often a location for the Fenty administration's high-level policy meetings.

Where Fenty and Nickles shared a close personal bond going back years, Nathan had met Gray only days before being named to the job.

In introducing Nathan last month, Gray promised that he would "take the politics out" of the office. At One Judiciary Square, Nathan will be 10 blocks from the Wilson Building and Gray's sixth-floor office suite.

Nathan, who must be confirmed by the D.C. Council, is on vacation and starts Jan. 10.

By Mike DeBonis  | January 3, 2011; 5:53 PM ET
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Good move, Mr. Mayor! In order to do his job most efficiently and effectively, the AG should be based at One Judiciary Square. And the symbolism of this move is even more important. It is the AG's job, and his sworn duty, to represent the Government of the District of Columbia (all of its branches), the District as an entity, and the people of the District. Not just the Mayor (who has his own General Counsel, should there be a conflict). One of the various basic tenets of responsible governance that were conveniently ignored by the Fenty Administration. This new day couldn't come soon enough for those of us who respect the rule of law.

Posted by: nan_lynn | January 4, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Good Move but now I am waiting for the chance to vote for AG

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | January 4, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm just glad that Peter Nickles is GONE!

Posted by: PepperDr | January 4, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thank God Nickles is GONE!! The District can breath a sigh of relief. May, Nickles,Fenty, Jannerone, Santos, Albert, Skinner, Omar and the rest of the gang see each other behind bars very soon or at the very least see each other in a court room for their crimes against the residents of the District.

Posted by: diahhna | January 5, 2011 4:47 AM | Report abuse

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