No mercy for Michael Brown


Brown, in 2011, as his financial woes were quietly mounting. (Michael Temchine/The Washington Post)

The last time Michael A. Brown went before a federal judge for sentencing, for a campaign finance misdemeanor in 1997, his lawyers assured the judge that their client “will not repeat the mistakes that gave rise to this offense.” A decade later, Brown started breaking that vow in a big way — first by taking under-the-table campaign cash from businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, later by taking $55,000 in bribes from people he would later learn were undercover agents. Now, as a former D.C. Council member, he will again face a judge, this time for much more serious crimes that will undoubtedly mean a much more serious sentence. Prosecutors want Brown, “unwilling or incapable of playing by the rules,” to serve 43 months in prison — the maximum allowed until the plea deal he signed. Brown’s lawyers argue, given his devotion to family and community, he deserves somewhat less. The decision belongs to U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts, and he will make it May 8. More from Loose Lips and WRC-TV.

N.B.: As it happens, DeMorning Links will be on hiatus until May 8.

In other news:

On Internet radio, the search for Relisha Rudd is a nightly obsession (Post)

Lead investigator of Relisha’s disappearance: “We’re progressing through the investigation in a methodical method” (WTOP)

A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has donated a lifetime of help to young Kodie Brown, shot by her father in 2012 (WJLA-TV)

The 24-hour tattoo waiting period is officially off the table (PostDCist)

Actually, it turns out you don’t have to worry about that whole REAL ID thing (WAMU-FMPoPville)

D.C.’s tech scene is unbearably vague (WBJ)

Silver Line now expected to open this summer (Post)

Founder of now-defunct charter school gets nine months in prison for embezzling $29,000 (Post)

Reds pitcher is accused of raping woman last year at D.C. hotel (WRC-TVUSA TodayAP)

Armed thieves bound and robbed eight Catholic University students in off-campus house (Post)

Charges dismissed against Pleasant Plains murder suspect after prosecutors fail to secure indictment (Metro Weekly)

No, really, Muriel Bowser won’t be debating David Catania till late summer (Loose Lips)

WUSA-TV reporter’s quest for Metro answers heads to Bowser’s office (City Desk)

Barry Farm kids meet the firefighters who saved their lives (WTTG-TV)

The “radical change” embedded in union group’s wage initiative: the death of tipping (Blade column)

Jim Graham speaks in favor of school-boundary status quo (WTOP)

To Deborah Simmons, HOT lanes are the last straw (WaTimes)

As of 2012, living in D.C. was 18.2 percent more costly than the national average (BEA)

Adrian Fenty and Gabe Klein: together again … on a corporate board (news release)

Listen to Klein talk about bikes, politics and making change happen (WAMU-FM)

Prolific restaurateur Xavier Cervera stands accused of sabotaging his eateries, stealing a Vespa (WSJ)

Palena could be evicted from its longtime Cleveland Park home (Young & Hungry)

Old Post Office clock tower will close for Trump renovations next week (Housing Complex)

D.C. docs slammed by identity theft scam (The Switch)

Who is the Fessenden Street window-smasher? (WRC-TV)

Demolition will make way for H Street Whole Foods (District SourceWBJ)

A recent history of animal-caused injuries at the National Zoo (City Desk)

John Judge, Washington original, is dead at 66 (Post)

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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