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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Judge tells Thomas to answer subpoena

By Washington Post editors

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D- Ward 5) to comply with a subpoena from Attorney General Peter Nickles to provide fundraising information on Thomas's nonprofit.

On Monday, Nickles filed a "petition for immediate enforcement" with the D.C. Superior Court over his request for documents on Team Thomas, a nonprofit that Thomas operates. The nonprofit isn't registered with the Internal Revenue Service. Nickles said he wants information on the group's donors and expenditures, which Thomas has not released.

"Since he is not willing to do it voluntarily or by subpoena, we now need a court order, which is extraordinary," Nickles said on Monday. "This is a very unusual situation where a council member has refused to provide a single document."

The judge gave Thomas three weeks to comply -- rather than ordering the documents be handed over immediately, as Nickles had demanded -- expressing concern that the attorney general might be trying to influence the outcome of today's election.

Stay with Postlocal.com and the D.C. Wire for more on this story.

-- Tim Craig

By Washington Post editors  | November 2, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
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