By Rob Janicki
You know you have entered the Twilight Zone when Marion Barry lectures the Washington, D.C. City Council on ethics. Here's a little reminder of Marion Barry's rather sordid past indiscretions while serving on the D.C. Council.
[...] In addition to being filmed smoking crack cocaine and convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana possession while mayor in 1990, Barry was prosecuted in 2009 for failing to file his taxes eight times in nine years. [...]
Barry's opening remark to the Council.
[...] "We are the laughingstock of the nation," Barry said Wednesday. [...]
Let's take a look at what might have contributed to Barry's statement considering it takes one sleazy politician to know another sleazy politician.
5 Months of Federal Charges in 2012
[...] January: Former Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. resigns and pleads guilty to stealing city funds meant for kids. Two officers from the nonprofit that helped him also plead guilty.
May: Two campaign aides to Mayor Vincent Gray plead guilty for their role in using campaign funds to keep a minor mayoral candidate in the 2010 mayoral race so he would keep up his verbal attacks against then-Mayor Adrian Fenty.
June: Former Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigns and pleads guilty to bank fraud, becoming the highest official yet to fall as a result of the probe. [...]
As we previously reported here at CP.
[...] Brown is the second councilman to resign in five months. Guilty pleas from them and others have shaken the city and legislative body to its core as federal investigators have begun picking off key players one by one in their ongoing probe into city corruption. [...]
Read the entire article for all the chaotic actions in the first council meeting since Brown's removal.