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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 05/06/2009

Nickles: Fire Truck Witnesses Will Be No-Shows

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles says deputy fire Chief Ronald E. Gill Jr. and property disposal specialist Robin Booth will not be available for depositions in a D.C. Council probe into the donation of a fire truck and ambulance to a town in the Dominican Republic.

The council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, headed by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), served Gill and Booth with subpoenas to appear for depositions today and tomorrow.

Gill, who traveled to Sosua, and Booth, who oversees such property donations, will not be there, Nickles said in an interview. "Until there's a procedure in place to adequately protect the witnesses, they won't be available," he said.

Nickles said as much in a letter he said he delivered to Cheh and Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). He said he wants a setup similar to that used by pro bono counsel WilmerHale in the council's investigation of the scandal in the Office of Tax and Revenue.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:31 PM ET, 05/06/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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