As we wrote yesterday, there’s really not much that the D.C. Council can do about Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5).

That much was on display yesterday afternoon, after council members met in private to discuss Thomas’s situation and emerged with little more than an agreement that D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown would speak to him and try to encourage him to take a paid leave of absence.

The only catch? Not many people seem to think that Thomas will take Brown’s offer. (One observer acidly opined that Brown, himself under federal investigation, didn’t want to set a precedent.)

According to The Post’s Mike DeBonis, only council members Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Michael Brown (I-At Large) expressed opposition to acting against Thomas before any federal case against him has run its course; all three have faced some ethics-related accusations in the last two years.

At any rate, Thomas was on the dais at the Wilson Building for the council’s legislative session today — where he’ll be able to cast a vote on comprehensive ethics legislation.

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.