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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 03/19/2009

Michael Brown Trying to Protect Council Salary

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) is fighting efforts to garnishee his council wages to help pay a more than $1 million judgment against him, two business partners, three related companies and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Authority.

Bernard Miller, owner of Miller Copying Center, has been embroiled in his lawsuit against the group of defendants since 2003. Miller argues that Brown and company, including the convention center authority, pushed him out of a deal to be a partner in a business center at the convention center. A jury ruled in his favor last year.

Though the defendants are trying to get the jury decision overturned, Miller wants everyone to start paying up and that means tapping into Brown's more than $125,000 annual salary as a council member, according to court records.

Miller declined comment, referring questions to attorney J. Michael Hannon.

"The jury has spoken and the rules allow Mr. Miller to collect his compensation," Hannon said.

Brown referred questions to attorney Bruce Johnson.

Johnson said, "We believe that this case is ripe for reversal....We will be dealing with the garnishment."

Brown, a freshman council member, is set to have a campaign fundraiser tonight at Georgia Brown's.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:14 PM ET, 03/19/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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