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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 04/21/2010

Did D.C.'s AG help Fenty friend?

By Washington Post editors

D.C.'s attorney general interceded to keep a friend and fraternity brother of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty off a list of those banned from doing business with the city, the Washington Examiner reports.

Contracting officials drafted a letter that would have barred Sinclair Skinner from city contracts, but Attorney General Peter Nickles, a longtime friend and confidant of the mayor, ordered the letter rewritten to delay the action until Skinner could respond, Washington Examiner reporter Bill Myers wrote.

"That's what we call due process," Nickles said. "The first draft of the letter wasn't adequate."

Skinner is a central figure in an ongoing contracts scandal. His firm received hundreds of thousands of dollars in no-bid contracts to remodel parks and playgrounds. He has admitted that his firm did little actual work on the contracts but denied any wrongdoing.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Contract, Mayor, Washington Examiner  
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I watched Skinner in the DC Council hearings. Total ghetto scumbag.

Posted by: kenk3 | April 21, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

this story is getting deeper and deeper.

it will eventually find its way right to the mayor directing folk to make sure this bama got the contract.

Posted by: nivla | April 21, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I watched Skinner in the DC Council hearings. Total ghetto scumbag
I watched it also and didn't think he was a "ghetto scumbag", but did think he was lying the whole time.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 21, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

First of all if Skinner is self employed and not a government worker, how is Nickles involvement legitimate to a self employed contractor? How does he justify his actions at all? The ban was initiated due to Skinner's refusal to cooperate with the oversight authority. Due process for an "independent" contractor but not for city workers? It is Nickles that should be disbarred! This sounds more like obstruction. This new "WAR on RATS" gets worse all the time. It is time for the Fenty rat pack to go!

Posted by: candycane1 | April 21, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

More of the same in DC. As voters, we have to wake up!!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | April 21, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

S Skinner is the pass through for all of the Mayor's dirty dealings. Anyone doing business in DC has to get the "shake down" from Skinner first. The Mayor and Neil Albert are the masterminds behind all of this craziness...Please this is just the tip of the ice berg. I was told a long time ago not to be seen or talk with Skinner without understanding that I would probably be taped by the FBI..

Posted by: BILLJA | April 21, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Holder is as big a liar and CROOK as George Bush. And Fenty is queer as a $3 bill. I don't doubt that Holder is too. So there you go.

Posted by: PercyKution | April 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

GTFOH!!!!!!!! Due process? Peter Hasn't worried about due process for any of the other "vendors" that D.C. have gotten rid of (i.e. those hotdog vendors etc.), you don't have due process for those teachers who were fired, the D.C. Gov't employees don’t have any due process, In fact your Gestapo GODSON (not your close personal friend) wants to take away any possible avenue that D.C. Gov't employees have for recourse (i.e. PERB Board). Oh and Pete start your whole new “due process” feelings with your own shop.

Washpo..why is it that you don't want to say that Pete is Fenty's Godfather?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | April 21, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Peter Nickles has never once stood up to defend the due process rights of any OTHER private resident and especially not the District Government employees, which, as Attorney General, is a principle responsibility (in the interest of the city).

Here again, during an election year, Fenty and crew are putting their personal agenda ahead of the interest of the city.

Yet another reason to vote Fenty OUT!!!

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 21, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. Another shining example of Consigliere Nickles doing the job he and Emperor Adrian have conspired for him to do - representing the personal interests of Adrian Fenty and Friends - as opposed to the job he was legally appointed and sworn to do - representing the interests of the District of Columbia.

This Administration is as corrupt and greedy as they come. THROW THE BUMS OUT!

Posted by: nan_lynn | April 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is a scum bag more so then Skinner, moreover, Fenty knows he is a one termer so he says WTF.

His BOY, Attorney General Peter Nickles, is just shielding him as much as possible. I have a feeling that they both will slip up and the hammer will come down.

Posted by: Special_One40 | April 21, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

For anybody interested: Gray's campaign kick-off: Saturday April 24th 4pm Historical Society of Washington (old carnegie library) 801 K St NW

Posted by: candycane1 | April 21, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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