District of DeBonis: The Law


Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Et tu, Irv?

Advocates for D.C. budget autonomy wish Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan would call off his dogs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 04/22/2014

House subcommittee will examine D.C.’s move to decriminalize marijuana

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will put his subcommittee’s spotlight on D.C. decriminalization measure.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:43 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Budget autonomy lawsuit goes to federal court

Lawyers representing mayor, CFO say U.S. District Court is better equipped to resolve inter-branch dispute.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Law

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Budget autonomy goes to court

Council chairman will file a lawsuit Wednesday against the mayor and CFO, challenging their refusal to recognize referendum.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Why it was Muriel Bowser, not Ron Machen, who beat Vincent Gray

Why the Jeffrey Thompson plea did not cause Gray to lose his reelection bid.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Ron Machen feels the heat

With allegations against the mayor on the table, no indictment forthcoming, and an election just a week away, the U.S. attorney is now feeling some pressure.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/19/2014

DCdecoded.org offers better public access to D.C. laws

The new website is part of a project that has already put the legal codes of three states and four cities in a free, modern and accessible format.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Technology, The Law

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Hakim Sutton, charged with campaign theft, surrenders to authorities

The former campaign treasurer to ex-lawmaker Michael A. Brown turned himself in two days after charges were unsealed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Say ‘Uncle’?

The primary race has started anew, with this question: Do you believe “Uncle Earl,” or do you believe Vince Gray?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Five things to know about the Jeffrey Thompson charges

The D.C. businessman was charged Monday after a three-year investigation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Paul Zukerberg lodges final appeal in bid to restore D.C. attorney general election

Paul Zukerberg has one last chance to convince a court the first AG election should take place this year.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:13 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, The Law

Posted at 08:07 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Appeals court won’t revisit AG election ruling

Would-be candidate Paul Zukerberg may continue his lawsuit seeking to overturn delay, however.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:07 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, The Law

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 02/24/2014

District could reap $60 million in back taxes under settlement with travel firms

Online travel companies reserve right to appeal but agree to pay settlement sum if they lose.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:44 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Inspector general, ethics board bring records fight to D.C. Council hearing

A long-simmering battle between D.C. ethics board and chief investigator got heated in front of D.C. Council panel.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:40 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Shutdown to shootout

Another week, another violent encounter prompted by a visitor to our fair city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:10 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Charter school corruption

The latest blockbuster fraud lawsuit from Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan targets the leaders of the city's oldest charter school.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:39 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Law Enforcement

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Michael Brown sentencing pushed to January

The delay comes as the federal investigation into D.C. corruption expands to national dimensions.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:25 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013

The Hillary connection

Jeffrey Thompson’s alleged “shadow” spending went well beyond the District line, it appears.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013

D.C. marijuana program looks kosher under new Justice Department policy

The new guidance should offer assurance to the District's medical marijuana industry that it can do business without fear of federal raids.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

What is the deal with Vernon Hawkins?

What sort of cooperation has Hawkins offered or agreed to provide to earn his seemingly favorable plea deal?

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Campaigning in the shadows

Before there was a "shadow campaign," there was other unreported political spending from Jeffrey E. Thompson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:23 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Keep your 'hands' to yourself, judge says

The battle between Police Chief Cathy Lanier and the police union over legality of "All Hands of Deck" deployment tactic continues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:03 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, The Law

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 07/19/2013

No end in sight

Allegations against Thompson could go unresolved into the fall, impinging on the coming campaign season.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Federal judge jokes about a Vincent Gray prosecution

Outgoing chief district judge Royce Lamberth created a small stir at his farewell ceremony Monday by joking about the possibility of a federal case against the mayor.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  06:17 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics, The Law

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/11/2013

No elected attorney general for you

The D.C. Council voted Wednesday to delay the first AG election until 2018, citing the lack of candidates, the argument over the scope of the office and the general ongoing uncertainty.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Jim Graham fails in bid to challenge ethics ruling

A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability was within its rights by issuing a February opinion critical of Graham.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:52 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Thomas Gore, guilty of Gray campaign misdeeds, seeks probation

In a court papers filed Friday, Thomas W. Gore asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to spare him jail time when he is sentenced on July 26.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:31 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Tommy Wells: Elected attorney general should retain control of city legal staff

Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) says in a system where lawyers report to the mayor, "the independent voice pointing out pitfalls of law and ethics will be effectively eliminated."

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:19 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

'Faulty assumptions' in sexual assaults probe

An independent review has sustained many of the police department's criticisms of the Human Rights Watch report of sexual assault investigations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Did Tony Cheng bribe the unbribeable?

In the course of trying to enter the taxi business, a grand jury has found, the restaurateur and his son paid bribes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Eleanor Holmes Norton starts giving her Jeffrey Thompson money away

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's campaign said Friday a combined $20,000 would be donated to the D.C. Vote nonprofit advocacy group.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:27 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Feds seek six-month sentence for Vincent Gray campaign aide

Thomas W. Gore pleaded guilty in May 2012 to destroying records related to the federal investigation of the Vincent Gray campaign's dealings with Sulaimon Brown

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/21/2013

Following the money

Lee A. Calhoun's admissions Thursday laid bare what U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. called an "assembly line" for illicit campaign contributions at the former Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Michael A. Brown will not be charged in campaign probe

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said at a Monday news conference that the $113,950 in missing campaign money is part of a "separate investigation" that is continuing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:52 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/13/2013

All eyes on Vincent Orange

D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large) acknowledged Tuesday that he had recently met with investigators and provided campaign documents to them.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:51 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Northeast developers eyed in campaign finance probe

Prosecutors have issued subpoenas seeking campaign finance records to members of the Choi family, who own properties in the wholesale market area north of Florida Avenue NE.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:10 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/15/2013

D.C. anti-SLAPP law goes before federal appeals judges

Case at issue is defamation suit filed ex-agriculture official against now-deceased conservative newsman.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:12 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Law

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 03/05/2013

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Acting as his own defense attorney, the accused drug kingpin convinced half a jury he didn't do it

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:29 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Judge nixes Kwame Brown's travel request

The former D.C. Council chairman hoped to continue leading an annual bus trip of D.C. high school students to a college recruitment fair in North Carolina.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:52 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Law

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Jeffrey Thompson loses bid to derail D.C. Medicaid contracts

Contracting board rejects protest of city's ongoing effort to award new Medicaid contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Law, Politics

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Natwar Gandhi says he'll stay until successor is confirmed

Gandhi cited the possibility that the time necessary to complete a search would outstrip the timeframe he had originally contemplated.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:13 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Irv Nathan says he's done fighting the budget autonomy referendum

Irvin Nathan said Wednesday he will stand down his opposition to the maneuver that has divided the city government's top legal minds.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law, Politics, The Hill