Federal prosecutors this afternoon asked a federal judge to send D.C. Coucilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) to jail for not filing his most recent tax returns.
By not filing his 2007 federal and D.C. tax returns on time, federal prosecutors alleged that Barry had violated the terms of his probation for previous tax offenses. Barry, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to not filing tax returns from 1999 through 2004, has not filed such documents for eight of the last nine years, prosecutors said.
"The defendant's conduct regarding tax year 2007 is indefensible," wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Zeno. "It is not acceptable for any citizen to shirk a basic civil duty, let alone a former mayor and current city councilman who has been responsible in the past and continues to be responsible for spending public funds collected from District of Columbia taxpayers."
Barry's attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., did not return a phone message left at his office this afternoon.
Del Quentin Wilber