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Marion Barry Gets Probation for Tax Dodge
NewsMax ^ | 3/9/06 | AP

Posted on 03/09/2006 10:01:30 AM PST by wagglebee

Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry was sentenced to three years probation Thursday in connection with charges that he failed to file federal or local tax returns for 2000.

Barry pleaded guilty last October under an agreement reached with federal prosecutors which required him to acknowledge his failure to file returns for the years 1999 through 2004.

Barry, 70, completed his fourth term as mayor in early 1999. While Barry has said he's unsure how much money he earned during the time period in question, he did not challenge claims by federal prosecutors that his income topped $534,000 during the five-year period.

"I take full responsibility," Barry told the judge while making a plea for leniency. He said at this point he has a negative net worth that is subject to a number of judgments, a reference to his outstanding legal problems.

U.S. Magistrate-Judge Deborah A. Robinson declined to fine Barry, noting that the outstanding taxes he has agreed to pay are substantial.

Barry owes $195,000 in federal taxes and $54,000 plus penalties and interest in D.C. taxes.

"It was a reality of not having money on the one hand, and constraints against taking gifts," said Barry's attorney, Fred D. Cooke Jr. Barry is currently represents Ward 8 on the City Council.

The former mayor apologized to the court, to the citizens of the District of Columbia and to the citizens of the United States, and admitted that he has been in recovery for substance abuse problems since Jan. 19, 1990, when he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room during an FBI sting operation.

Several times since 1991, Barry has sought treatment or counseling for problems with prescription medications or other substances. But Barry said Thursday that 90 to 95 percent of the people in his position sometimes fall off the wagon.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: barry; cocaine; crack; crackcocaine; dc; districtofcolumbia; fbi; former; marion; marionbarry; mayor; probation; sentenced; smoking; smokingcrack; taxevasion; threeyears
Give the guy a break, crack and hookers cost a lot of money./sarcasm off
1 posted on 03/09/2006 10:01:32 AM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

B*&%# set me up!.........


2 posted on 03/09/2006 10:03:34 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: wagglebee

So, he's announcing his candidacy for mayor again?


3 posted on 03/09/2006 10:05:01 AM PST by digger48
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To: wagglebee

As Chris Rock said, Marion Barry has given kids a response to a parent asking "What kind of future do you think you can have if you do drugs?"...."I can be the Mayor!"


4 posted on 03/09/2006 10:05:08 AM PST by Borges
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To: wagglebee

I bet he will claim all the tax money plus penalties and interest was stolen when he was mugged on the way to the mailbox.


5 posted on 03/09/2006 10:05:15 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: wagglebee
Ah, the life of zero consequences...I could enjoy being Mayor For Life Berry on a Saturday night.
6 posted on 03/09/2006 10:05:47 AM PST by .cnI redruM (We need John Wayne; not Brokeback Mountain.)
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To: digger48
"So, he's announcing his candidacy for mayor again?"

Doesn't need to. This fool would win in a landslide by write-in votes alone.
7 posted on 03/09/2006 10:08:27 AM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: Red Badger
B*&%# set me up!.........

Word.
8 posted on 03/09/2006 10:12:25 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: mkjessup

Rhymes with witch.........


9 posted on 03/09/2006 10:27:02 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: wagglebee

If I started in on the line of thought that struck me.......I'd be banned.


10 posted on 03/09/2006 10:31:20 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: wagglebee
"Barry owes $195,000 in federal taxes and $54,000 plus penalties and interest in D.C. taxes."

Of course, EVERYONE in this situation -- get "probation"...

< /sarcasm>

They should strip the worthless bastards of EVERYTHING he owns, down to his filthy underwear.

11 posted on 03/09/2006 10:34:39 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: river rat

Not, it's the 8th Ward popularity boost.


12 posted on 03/09/2006 10:38:38 AM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: wagglebee
The former mayor apologized to the court, to the citizens of the District of Columbia and to the citizens of the United States

Just wait until he gets back in front of a homeboy audience and see how long that spirit of contrition lasts. Maryum been doing this shukin' and jivin' his whole life! The homeys know it's all an act, but the liberal press buys it wholesale.

13 posted on 03/09/2006 10:42:20 AM PST by blau993 (Labs for love; .357 for Security.)
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To: Red Badger

Drug dealer! I thought she was a prostitute!


14 posted on 03/09/2006 10:43:55 AM PST by IndyTiger
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To: blau993

Yeah he'll be crowing like a rooster about how he beat the rap


15 posted on 03/09/2006 10:53:57 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: wagglebee

Dog bites man, crooked democRATs, sun rises in the east, breaking news, not.


17 posted on 03/09/2006 10:55:26 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: IndyTiger

She was both, apparently........


18 posted on 03/09/2006 11:03:05 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: wagglebee

So, as a consequence of not filing any tax returns for five years he gets no fines or jail time...... but, the government did get an apology. Well, at least all those court costs and expenses weren't wasted.


19 posted on 03/09/2006 11:09:05 AM PST by faq
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To: wagglebee

This is the funniest thing I have read today:

I take full responsibility," Barry told the judge while making a plea for leniency.


20 posted on 03/09/2006 2:02:05 PM PST by Feiny (I am glad to be out of touch with George Clooney!)
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To: wagglebee

"In 1990, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) faced a controversy after revelations that she and her husband, Edward Norton, had failed to file D.C. tax returns for eight years."......what is it with DC politicians and taxes.....and if this was one of us peasants we'd still be in Leavenworth...


21 posted on 03/09/2006 6:57:27 PM PST by mo
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To: wagglebee
I just realized Judge Deborah Robinson is the same judge who handed down the harsh sentence to Sandy Berger for stealing classified documents.

source

22 posted on 03/09/2006 9:35:28 PM PST by faq
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To: wagglebee

His defense was: "Look at all the other $@#% I done! This ain't nothin!


23 posted on 03/10/2006 4:23:11 AM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: wagglebee

Follow him for a few days, he will violate that soon.


24 posted on 03/10/2006 5:47:59 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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