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By Mike McPhate  |  March 26, 2009; 11:58 PM ET
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He is what he's always been. He is who MLK referred to by "content of their character".

Posted by: mitlen | March 27, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

""According to an affidavit filed yesterday by an IRS special agent, Barry owes $277,688.05 to the U.S. Treasury in back taxes, interest and penalties. The IRS agent did not break down the total any further. But the agent said Barry's 2007 return indicates that he owes the federal government $6,512 in taxes for that year. The IRS is taking $1,350 every two weeks from Barry's paycheck, the agent wrote."

Leave the man alone!

Posted by: Pookie5 | March 27, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

The crucial votes had barely been counted in Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr.'s resurrection from jailhouse to City Hall two years ago when he offered some hard-eyed advice to those who had voted against him as the personification of this city's breakdown.

"To those white people who have whatever hang-ups they have, get over it," Mr. Barry boldly instructed. "Get over it: I'm the best person for Washington. "

Mr. Barry they still have not gotten over it!

Posted by: Pookie5 | March 27, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

This guy has thumbed his nose at being a law abiding citizen for years. He is a convicted felon and knows the conditions of his release and probation. Throw this loser in jail, throw him out of office and tell him to get a real job when he gets out of jail, again.

His best defense is he is a democrat so it seems being a democrat and not paying your taxes is the normal.

Posted by: MDCPA1040 | March 27, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

That appears to me the norm in Washington DC - Republican or Democrat. If they locked up every politician oweing back taxes - Capitol Hill would be closed for business.

Posted by: Mysonshine | March 27, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The man has lawyers and accountants. I don't understand why he can't pay his taxes on time, even if he's ill. I pay mine on time and I don't have any help.

Posted by: bluesette01 | March 27, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

He is as slick as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. If he pays the fine he should be left alone.

Posted by: reader23 | March 27, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

First of all, you can not comment on everything that you read in the news-paper. Has this fact been verified or just reporting what been told.

I think that the Mayor should be given a fair chance to present his side of the story before (jerks) start weighing in on the comment.

Posted by: carlenegreene | March 27, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I have been a DC resident during Barry's mayoral tenure where there were MANY ethical breaches and otherwise. Others on his staff were fined and went to jail and he came out smelling like a rose; even when he got out of jail for drugs.
When the poor misguided people from Ward 8 rented a bus to pick him up at jail, he infuriated me even more when they shouted, "Free at last, thank God [he's] free at last!" What an insult to M.L. King's memory.
He really deserves to have to book thrown at him this time.

Posted by: dwright3 | March 27, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Leave the man alone, he has suffered enough, besides he is a sick man. Let him at least
work on his health issues and his overall health recovery. Have some compassion for the man. He is a decent human being. I have never net a perfect person, in this world, and I do not think that one exist. We all have fallen short of God's Glory and we must all repent for all sins. Those who criticize Mr. Barry , what kind of life are you living ? Are you sin free?

We all need to pray and ask God to forgive us daily.

Posted by: adais705 | March 27, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Barry is such a loser. I don't understand the folks who say "leave him alone." The ball is ALWAYS in his court and he always deliberately drops the ball. Why should he get better treatment than anyone else who refuses to follow through on a legal agreement? Don't forget folks, he AGREED to pay his back taxes on time. What part about "agree" doesn't he get. Anyone else would be in jail. He's an old, ghetto, lecherous, broken down, LOSER.

Posted by: lexuslexis | March 28, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Marion Barry has been doing a lot of things for a lot of years without suffering the consequences. Entertainers, actors and singers have gone to jail because of non-payment of taxes. People go to jail for not paying their taxes; what makes him think that he is above the law. For him to not have paid taxes (2005 to the present (if I'm correct): his excuse, he has kidney failure. Well, he didn't say anything about kidney failure until (what ?), two months ago, when he had to go back to court. People are sick every day, but they still have to pay their taxes; if they are unable themselves, someone can assist them. He has no excuse accept that HE JUST DIDN'T!!!

Posted by: octavia1951 | March 28, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

This is in comment to "Carlenegreene, 3/27/09 @ 3:14p)

Marion Barry IS NOT the Mayor, duh!!

Posted by: octavia1951 | March 29, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

With AIG giving away taxpayers money in undeserved bonuses to the filthy rich in the millions and Madoff scamming folks to the tune of money that would finance an entire country, you folks are worried about Marion Barry's tax woes and the pittance he owes. I wonder how many of you and your tax return could stand up to the scrutiny Marion Barry lives with every day. Your time would be better spent examining this current crop of politicians and the perks and privileges they have and abuse. Obviously Marion Barry is and/or will be making this right; the Washington Post will make sure of it. Marion was the mayor of this city at time when we needed someone to care about this city and its residents, not just business and I for one will always be indebted to him for it. Funny how no one has ever uncovered any money he stole or otherwise enriched himself at the taxpayers expense. Today stealing taxpayers money is an investment, and not a very risky one. While we are trying to jail Marion, the country is in the toilet. Marion's biggest mistake was not being a Republican, he would have been pardoned by now.

Posted by: wjcole | March 30, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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