Last Updated: Fri, 07/29/2011 – 2:07pm
In the most recent of numerous scandals to rock the District of Columbia’s famously corrupt government, a councilman charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for youth programs has been let off the hook by the city’s attorney general and won’t be federally charged because the area’s U.S. attorney is a college fraternity brother.
It marks the latest in a never-ending tale of the crooked officials who run D.C. and seldom face consequences. In this case D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas, who has represented Ward 5 since 2007, “diverted” more than $300,000 in public funds intended for children’s sports and spent it on personal travel and a luxury car. At least that is what the city’s attorney general, Irvin Nathan, said in a lawsuit filed last month in D.C. Superior Court.
The councilman spent the money on a loaded sports utility vehicle that cost nearly $60,000 and on trips to Las Vegas and Pebble Beach California, according to the complaint, which is still posted on the D.C. Attorney General’s website. The attorney general claimed that he wanted to force Thomas to repay the city the money plus damages and other costs totaling more than $1 million.
Apparently it was only a publicity stunt because this week the attorney general settled the lawsuit by allowing Thomas to simply pay the $300,000 back. The sweet deal means no indictment, no admission of wrongdoing and Thomas keeps his job. Previously at least two councilmembers had called for Thomas to resign, though he never really considered it.
It’s unlikely that the feds will pursue a case since the prosecutor (U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen) in charge of the area and Thomas are college fraternity brothers. A local newspaper brought that little-known but relevant fact to light this week. Thomas, Machen and Machen’s top deputy at the local Justice Department branch are all brothers in the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, according to the report.
The politicians elected to run D.C. have been making these sorts of headlines for years. Just last month the council’s chairman, Vincent Gray, who once headed the District’s Department of Human Services, got caught using official stationery to solicit donations for the Democratic Party and secretly using a politically connected city contractor renovate his house.
Previously, Mayor Adrian Fenty used taxpayer-funded advertisements to promote a family business that donated generously to his campaign. He also took a number of costly and controversial overseas trips paid for by international governments. Judicial Watch has obtained the documents, through public records requests, detailing the highly questionable jaunts.
Who could forget the D.C. Council’s most famous member, a renowned crack head who has been elected four times after prison. Since getting captured on FBI surveillance video smoking crack as D.C. mayor in 1990, Marion Barry has been in trouble for evading taxes, violating the terms of his probation and, just a few months ago, for stalking his former girlfriend. Yet he’s a fixture in D.C. government where he currently represents Ward 8.
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:23:32 -0400
Subject: ACTION ALERT: Civil rights lawyer Don Bailey and 25
clients sue corrupt federal judges – case filed in federal court
Decorated war veteran, former United States Congressman, and former
Pennsylvania Auditor General Don Bailey and 25 of his clients have
sued 3 federal judges in Pennsylvania, and numerous other federal
and state judicial officials, alleging a corrupt course of conduct
that involves fixing cases and engineering results to stop their
cases involving public corruption by state and federal officials.
The case immediately seeks to have the federal court in Pittsburgh
issue a Temporary Restraining Order ordering the Pennsylvania Supreme
Court Disciplinary Board to cease and desist from proceeding with
hearings, which are scheduled to go forward at 9 a.m. tomorrow,
2011 in the Judicial Center on Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg.
The hearings involve attempts by these Judges and others to “get”
the law license of Don Bailey, and to end his civil rights practice,
and stop American citizens from pursuing federal civil rights cases
that expose public corruption.
Mr. Bailey has won millions of dollars of jury verdicts for
clients, which have been taken away, and the Chief Counsel for
the Disciplinary Board, Paul Killion, and the lead counsel for
the Board, Robert Fulton, have already told others that they will
have Mr. Bailey’s license taken. Bailey’s offense – criticizing
judges! Mr. Bailey has filed a petition with the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court asking that the matter be stayed and dismissed,
and the request was denied despite Mr. Bailey being denied the
right to have witnesses and documents to submit into evidence.
The fix is in, and as of this release, Judge Nora Barry Fischer
of the federal court in Pittsburgh has yet to rule on Mr. Bailey’s
request for emergency injunctive relief.
Over the past year, judicial corruption in Pennsylvania has
been in the national spotlight, as a result of the “kids for
cash” scandal that led to the criminal convictions of former
Luzerne County Judges Conahan and Ciavarella, and the Don Bailey
case has already proven that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
refuses to change its ways, and is incapable of disciplining
itself. Judicial corruption has been chronicled extensively
at other sites, such as http://www.judicial-corruption.com, and Don
Bailey’s record will speak for itself, http://www.donbaileylaw.com.
Here at http://www.pennsylvaniacivilrightslawnetwork.com, we will bring
you the case as it exists and is it will be told on that great
day when due process is restored to American citizens, and we can
have confidence again that our judges are in the business of the
administration of equal justice for all, and not the avoidance of
justice for those few who besmirch our system of justice, and the
constitutions that we all live under.
Mr. Bailey cannot fight these corrupt judges alone in the courts
that they control, and they know this. The only way that this case
can be fought is if the court of public opinion raises its voice and
comes to the rescue of a man who has dedicated his life – decorated
for leading troops in battle, elected to state and federal offices
where he served impeccably, and protecting and defending the rights
of American citizens to this day, while his are being stolen – to
all of you. But this is not just about one man, although no finer
man could be the symbol of this fight, this is about your rights
and your liberties. No one will truly know what it is like to be
victimized by persons acting under color of law until it happens,
and if we shout out together, maybe these courts will know that
they may be “supreme”, but we the people are sovereign, and it is
us to whom they are ultimately responsible.
There are thousands of you who are receiving this email, including
some of the judges involved in this case, attorneys across the
state, local and national media, and many, many others, and we ask
that you follow our efforts, pass the word along, and do whatever
you can to raise your individual voices so that we are all not
silenced by our courts, like they are trying to do to Don Bailey,
and more importantly the clients he now represents and intends to
represent in the future. We need your help.
*** the hearing has been announced previously, and many are expecting
to show up and show your support and your voice – all public is
invited to attend and show your support, Thursday, August 11,
2011 beginning at 9 a.m.. A second day is scheduled for Friday,
if needed. Please be there if you can.
We need your help. Thank You.