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Posted at 4:21 PM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Thomas gets 3 weeks in probe

By Washington Post Editors

A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that council member Harry Thomas Jr. has three weeks to comply with a subpoena from Attorney General Peter Nickles for documents related to a charitable organization that has so far operated largely out of public view.

Tim Craig reports on the D.C. Wire that in his ruling, Judge Bruce D. Beaudin raised concerns about both Thomas's efforts to resist the subpoena and Nickles's push to pursue it hours before Tuesday's election.

After the court was forced into the increasingly nasty power struggle between Nickles and Thomas (D-Ward 5), Beaudin rebuffed a request by city attorneys that the first-term council member immediately turn over the information related to Team Thomas, established in 2000 to provide grants to youths and community-based organizations in Northeast Washington.

Beaudin, who questioned whether Nickles's investigation was politically motivated, affirmed that the attorney general's office has the right to investigate how the organization was constituted but gave Thomas until Nov. 23 to turn over the information.

"I just want to keep it out of the political arena," Beaudin said. "But I think it should be looked at."

Read the post in its entirety on D.C. Wire.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 2, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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