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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/01/2009

Legislation targets firms that try to duck subpoenas

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) introduced legislation that would prohibit a firm from receiving District contracts for five years if it does not comply with a council subpoena.

The legislation, which has several co-sponsors, is directed at Banneker Ventures, the company awarded the controversial contract to oversee the construction of more than a dozen recreational facilities.

A. Scott Bolden, an attorney for Banneker principal Omar Karim, informed Thomas last week that Karim would not appear at a hearing on the issue Wednesday. In a letter, he said Karim had a scheduling conflict and added that the subpoena is broad and burdensome.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/01/2009

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