Three years for Michael Brown


Brown will pay a steep price for accepting bribes from undercover federal agents. (U.S. Department of Justice)

This is how the latest chapter of Michael A. Brown’s life closes: An apology, a stern admonishment from a federal judge and a 39-month prison sentence for the former D.C. Council member. In front of Brown’s mother and sister, U.S. District Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts told Brown he was “stunned” by the bribes he had taken and how he had brought “dishonor on an honored family name.” Before receiving his sentence, Brown and his lawyer asked for mercy, noting the pain his father’s death had caused and the good works Brown has done. Said Brown, in the course of apologizing to family, friends and colleagues, “I should have resisted the culture of corruption running rampant in our city, and I should have done so steadfastly.” Now, in the coming weeks, he will report to a federal prison. And future chapters of the Michael Brown story, his lawyer assured Roberts, will not include public office. More from WTTG-TVWaTimesLoose LipsWAMU-FMWashingtonianAPWUSA-TVWJLA-TVWRC-TVDCist and WNEW-FM.

In other news:

Those with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and four other serious conditions are now eligible for medical marijuana recommendations (WAMU-FM)

Marijuana legalization initiative organizer Adam Eidinger says signature collection is back on track (DCist)

D.C. Court of Appeals shows some skepticism toward delay of attorney general election (DofDRoll Call)

Jonetta Rose Barras: If Muriel Bowser “wants to run with the big dogs, she can’t yelp every time something happens that she doesn’t like” (Post column)

Vincent Gray on streetcar cuts: “I hope that this doesn’t sound the death knell for something that was going to be a major addition to this city” (WBJ)

The H Street streetcar’s a mess, but it’s not as big of a mess as the Silver Spring transit center (Dr. Gridlock)

The new tax cuts in three charts (Post)

The “yoga tax” backlash begins (DCistWBJWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

Sales tax expansion makes CPAs nervous (GWSCPA)

Advocates react to final budget numbers (DCist)

Deborah Simmons also has some thoughts on the budget (WaTimes)

Council takes up bill to force gun owners to relinquish their guns if slapped with temporary restraining order (WTTG-TV)

Westboro Baptist Church may picket Capital Pride parade, too (Blade)

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will be the parade’s grand marshal (Blade)

Former Human Rights Campaign president will co-chair Khalid Pitts’s council campaign (Blade)

Marc Morgan, Republican at-large candidate, receives anti-gay letter and tweets (Metro Weekly)

Registering as an independent isn’t cool, says Peter Rosenstein (Blade column)

Victim in police shooting was “targeted,” police say (WRC-TV)

Cop is acquitted of sexual assault charges leveled by women working as prostitutes, still faces another trial (Post)

Better hope no one narcs on your illegal basement rental unit (UrbanTurf)

Here are the businesses benefiting from the latest round of city retail grants (Housing Complex)

The Wizards, “truly winners in every meaningful way,” get a nod from the D.C. Council (Sports Bog)

Fake WMATA Twitter account was much more helpful than real account (WTOP)

CEO’s personal bankruptcy at issue in restaurants’ bankruptcy case (WSJ)

Clinton Yates finally makes it to the top of the Washington Monument (Post)

Andrew Mollison, retired reporter, worked to create age-in-place “villages” in D.C. and beyond (Post obituary)

This weekend is your last chance to visit Potomac Video (DCist)

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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