Excerpts from opening statement by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Roberts:

May it please the court, members of the defense team, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this is a case about deceit and deception designed to keep the public, the police and the grand jury from discovering the unfortunate but seamy truth that the defendant, Marion Barry, had been snorting cocaine and smoking crack for years all over D.C. and elsewhere.

During the course of this trial, you will learn that while the defendant preached to our community down with dope, he was putting dope up his nose. You will hear from a network of individual cohorts that the defendant cultivated who kept him supplied with drugs. You will hear that they kept him supplied with drugs when he wanted them and they conspired with him to keep safe his secret.

You will also hear a recording of the defendant testifying about his relationship with one of those cohorts, and under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help him God in front of a federal grand jury in this courthouse that was investigating drugs, you will hear him lie, and you will see the defendant with your own eyes on black and white videotape raising to his mouth a small crack pipe stem that he had loaded with little rocks of crack cocaine, lighting it with a cigarette lighter and smoking crack just like this {demonstrating}. Then raising it a second time to finish off what he had just like this {demonstrating}.

Ladies and gentlemen, you have heard that every person has two sides. Well, this case is about the other side, the secret side of Marion Barry, and after you see and hear all of this, the evidence will show beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of conspiracy to obtain and possess cocaine, of actually possessing it and of lying to the federal grand jury . . . .

You will hear how the defendant's efforts at deception were brought to a close with his arrest at the Vista Hotel. The evidence will show you that the defendant's cocaine use that night, recorded for once and for all, was not an isolated event and was just one more event in a pattern of drug possessions stretching over five years with person after person.

The people you will hear from will be the defendant's friends and acquaintances. You will hear from a tennis partner, a civil rights colleague, some girlfriends, a political supporter, social friends and so on. His acquaintances. Now, not all of them are Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Some of them agreed to speak only on the promise that their words would not be used against them in the event they were prosecuted for their own criminal conduct involving drugs.

. . . . We start with the Ramada Inn affair. It is December of 1988, a man from the United States Virgin Islands {named} Charles Lewis is in town. He is staying at the Ramada Inn on Rhode Island Avenue . . . . Lewis also calls his friend, Marion Barry, to see if the mayor could help him get a part in a movie being filmed in Washington, D.C.

. . . . It is Friday, December 16th, 1988 . . . . Now, Lewis and the defendant greet each other. And what does the defendant do shortly after arriving inside Mr. Lewis's room?

He takes a matchbook from his pocket and he opens it and empties the contents onto the table and tells Lewis, 'You took care of me in the Virgin Islands, I will take care of you up here.'

Well, what is in the matchbox? It isn't matches. It is little rocks of crack cocaine . . . .

As they had done in the Virgin Islands, the defendant and Mr. Lewis smoked the crack . . . . Now, What happens that Saturday, the next day, December 17th? Well, the evidence will show that the defendant calls Lewis that evening and he stops by again at Mr. Lewis's room. Now, this time the defendant carries his crack cocaine rocks in another hiding place down near the cuffs of his trousers . . . . This time they improvise a makeshift smoking apparatus by taking a glass, stretching some tin foil across the top of the glass, poking a few holes on one end of the glass where they will put the rock cocaine and cutting a small slit on the other side of the glass through the tin foil. They place the rocks of crack cocaine on top, light it and smoked them.

Now, when the supply of that crack cocaine gets low that evening, the defendant gives Mr. Lewis about $60 in cash to go out and get some more . . . . They smoke up some more crack and then divide up what remains and then, again, the defendant leaves.

. . . . On Thursday, December 22, 1988, Lewis sees a Spanish-speaking maid outside in the hallway in the Ramada Inn on the ninth floor. Now, he goes out and he flashes a little baggie of cocaine at her to see if she has any interest in it. Well, she did not. In fact, word gets back to the hotel manager that Mr. Lewis had offered the maid drugs and the hotel manager alerts the police. Well, the manager agrees to let detectives pose undercover as maintenance men and enter Lewis's room to see if he is dealing drugs.

. . . . Mr. Barry arrives at the hotel and he goes up to Lewis's room. Now, the hotel manager realizes this and he does not want for the mayor to be involved in this operation and he promptly revokes his consent to those undercover officers . . . .

Now, the defendant meanwhile has gone up to Mr. Lewis's room and he brought Mr. Lewis some books and a crack pipe as a gift for Mr. Lewis. Mr. Lewis is appreciative. He takes out some crack and he and the defendant smoke it before the defendant leaves shortly after that.

Now, before Mr. Lewis knows it, news reporters are coming up to his room and asking him if he had offered drugs to a maid and if the defendant had visited him. Well, that is when this case began.

. . . . The defendant, reinforced by knowing that his secret was safe, confident that no one would learn the truth and finding safe harbor from his exposure of his drug activities at the Ramada, appears before the federal grand jury in this courthouse, he swears an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help him God, and he tells lies . . . .

He tells the grand jurors that he never received cocaine from Charles Lewis. He tells the grand jurors that he never gave cocaine to Charles Lewis. . . . .

The evidence will show that the defendant enjoyed a torrid relationship with Ms. {Rasheeda} Moore for three years. Now, she will testify and tell you that they ingested cocaine powder and smoked crack cocaine together dozens of times in hotels, in the homes of friends, and even in the defendant's own home.

Now, she, too, had tried to keep the veil of deception intact when she originally testified before the grand jury, but she eventually agreed to cooperate with the authorities in an undercover operation and allowed the defendant to be videotaped in the Vista Hotel room showing him buying crack and smoking on January 18th, 1990.

. . . . You will hear from a restaurant owner, a Mr. Hassan Mohammadi . . . . Mr. Mohammadi will tell you how he first saw the defendant inside a private office in his restaurant in Georgetown snort cocaine off a desk through a rolled dollar bill and how he then provided cocaine to the defendant in a ritual that repeated itself countless times thereafter in his own home, in his restaurant and in other places.

. . . . Now, you will hear from him in particular how the defendant asked him to get some cocaine for him on a planned 1987 Thanksgiving trip to the Bahamas and how Mr. Mohammadi walked into the office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia in the District Building, saw Marion Barry and delivered to him right there two grams of cocaine powder.

. . . . Other witnesses will tell you how the defendant was fond of preparing cocaine-laced cigarettes, take a cigarette and remove some of the tobacco from it, sprinkle cocaine down into the cigarette and mix it with the tobacco . . . . He sometimes called those M.B. specials.

. . . . The evidence will show beyond a reasonable doubt that Marion Barry has exercised deceit and deception. It will show that he conspired with others to obtain, possess and use cocaine and conceal it, that he actually possessed it on at least 10 different occasions and that he knowingly made false declarations before the federal grand jury that is investigating drugs, and at the conclusion of the case . . . the government will come back to you and ask you to say so and to return a verdict of guilty of each of the counts.