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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 03/26/2009

Barry Reacts to Lax Tax News

The Post's Del Quentin Wilber has been reporting today that D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) owes the federal government more than $277,000 in back taxes and hasn't made a payment on undisclosed taxes owed to the D.C. government since July, according to federal authorities.

Now, Barry reponds: "The U.S. Attorney is, in legal terms, piling on. The attorney knows that the hearing is scheduled for April 2, 2009. Whatever additional information he has since the last filing can be presented in court at that time. "

The Rev. Anthony Motley, a close associate of Barry's, said that even though the veteran lawmaker is "under doctors orders and is resting at home," he has every intention to comply with his tax obligation.

Barry added in his statemet: "The Special Agent and the U.S. Attorney are violating the law by releasing the specific financial information of my case. The approach that they are using goes against prosecutorial conduct. At this time, I have no additional comments."

By Hamil Harris  |  05:20 PM ET, 03/26/2009

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