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Acting as his own defense attorney, Antoine Jones convinced half a jury he didn’t do it. (AP)

Three times Antoine Jones has walked into the federal courthouse downtown facing the possibility he might spend the bulk of his remaining days in prison. Three times the accused drug kingpin has emerged a free man. Last time, it took a landmark Supreme Court ruling to save him. This time, Jones did it himself — securing a hung jury Monday while serving as his own defense attorney. Ann Marimow reports in the Post: “After hearing testimony for three weeks … jurors could not reach a verdict on one felony drug conspiracy charge. The 11 women and one man were evenly divided after more than seven days of deliberations in part, two of them said, because there was not enough evidence directly linking Jones to the Maryland stash house where law enforcement seized 97 kilograms of cocaine in 2005.” Prosecutors say they will try again. More from Legal Times and Examiner.

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Three-fourths of D.C. workers live outside the city — sometimes well outside the city (Post)

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David Catania proposes DCPS create east-of-the-river magnet middle school (Examiner)

City must redo streetlight contract, Contract Appeals Board rules (WBJ)

Tommy Wells goes to Anita Bonds event, wears Anita Bonds sticker, says nice things about Anita Bonds, but does not endorse Anita Bonds (@VoteAnitaBonds@TommyWells)

In 2012, D.C. won more from litigation than it lost (Legal Times)

Council will vote Tuesday on another delay to TANF sanctions (PostExaminerDCFPI)

Also will vote on whether to override Gray’s CBE bill veto (ExaminerExaminer column)

Bonds’s chief of staff facing heat over ethics allegation (PostLoose Lips)

Che Brown gets sentenced today (Post)

Prosecutors want defense lawyer convicted of staging evidence to spend six years in prison (Legal Times)

Jack’s Boathouse owner: “I am prepared to spend every last penny I have set aside for retirement to fight this” (Washingtonian)

Wisconsin Avenue traffic changes pit Georgetowners vs. Glover Parkers (DishPatch)

More on the coming Zoning Commission battle over parking (WAMU-FM)

Youth Baseball Academy construction will finally get underway (WBJ)

McMillan redevelopment work could start by 2016 (UrbanTurf)

Capital City Diner’s comeback is on ice (Young & Hungry)

Open data would help improve school choice (GGW)

Patrick Mara: Still a Republican (DCist)

Tonight: Building-heights panel at National Archives (GGW)

See if you can get away with your favorite obscene vanity license plate (Yahoo!)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · March 4, 2013