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The more things change, the more they stay the same:
Barry Tested Positive for Cocaine Use In the Fall

D.C. Council member Marion Barry tested positive for cocaine use in the fall in a drug test ordered by a court after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tax charges, according to two sources familiar with Barry's case.

Barry, who served four terms as mayor and was elected to the Ward 8 council seat in 2004, has since begun treatment for drug use, the sources said, but Barry's failure to pass the mandatory drug test puts him in legal jeopardy.
It doesn't look like this guy will ever stay clear of the law. More troubling to than the drug allegations, however, is the fact that Barry appears to be flaunting tax law by neglecting to pay his taxes:
The tax case involves Barry's failure to pay most of his federal and D.C. income taxes for six years after his fourth term as mayor ended in January 1999. Prosecutors said he received more than $530,000 in income over the next six years but did not document most of it. Barry's plea agreement also calls for him to make arrangements to resolve his tax debts.

Read the full article....
I don't know what the District of Columbia will have to do for me to ever think about District politics without thinking of corruption. That's plain sad.

Hat tip to meep

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neebs
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Did you hear about him getting robbed at gunpoint in his own home? That's what I think of when I think of DC!! ;)

On a more semi-serious note, though, he really does look out for his constituents. The people voted for him because they love him and he is perceived to do good things for them, so he must be doing SOMETHING right. Of course...that could just be the idiocy of District voters.
drmellow
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I heard about the robbery. Of course, if DC didn't have such draconian gun control laws, the odds of getting robbed at gunpoint would probably significantly decrease. But that, of course, is a topic of conversation for another day.

I think Barry's ability to continue to get re-elected is more due to corruption than the benefit he brings to his constituents.
belovedcrown
Jan. 12th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
the rumor was that it was some kids he was buying coke from that robbed him. that changes the story and helps people to see i guess that maybe it wasn't his neighborhood that was the problem or random crime.
sidelobe
Jan. 11th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
It's clear that DC politics is completely dominated by corruption, all the way down to the constituents. It won't change until an honest and effective leader, supported by an honest constituency, scours it from the inside-out.

It would be interesting to see the national Government move to another place, citing the inability to run an honest country from a dishonest District.

Naaah, it'll never happen.
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