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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/01/2010

D.C. Council may meet on Barry's fate

The D.C. Council might hold a special meeting Tuesday to determine what kind of punishment council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) may receive after a council probe determined that he had misused city funds.

"There are myriad of issues" involved, said council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D). Barry could be censured and stripped of his chairmanship of the Committee on Housing and Workforce Development. The council also might refer the matter to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, as recommended by attorney Robert S. Bennett, who led the council investigation on a pro bono basis.

Gray said Monday that he would want to resolve all issues, such as who would head the committee if Barry is removed, before proposing any sanctions. When pressed about a "delay," Gray said, "Do you realize people's lives are at stake here?"

The council was expected to address Barry's troubles during its regular legislative meeting Tuesday, but it was not on the agenda. Gray said an additional meeting could be held Tuesday.
Gray said he met with Barry on Friday for an hour and a half to discuss the investigation. He said Barry's voluntary resignation was not discussed.

Barry, 73, apologized for using poor judgment last week. He did not attend a news briefing at which Gray spoke to the media, but his attorney Frederick D. Cooke and spokeswoman Natalie Williams were there.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/01/2010

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