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Marion Barry Apologizes For Contract To Girlfriend

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Former D.C. Mayor and current D.C. Council Member Marion Barry apologizes what he says was poor judgment.
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Former D.C. Mayor and current D.C. Council Member Marion Barry apologizes what he says was poor judgment.

WASHINGTON (AP) Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is apologizing for embarrassing the city and city council by improperly awarding a contract to a woman he had been dating.

The current D.C. Council member said Tuesday at a southeast Washington church that he hadn't done anything illegal but that he was sorry for his "very, very poor judgment."

He says the contract wasn't a conflict of interest but was a violation of good judgment.

Barry's apology came a week after an investigation by attorney Robert S. Bennett concluded the Barry violated conflict-of-interest laws when he awarded a contract to his girlfriend.

In July, Barry was arrested for stalking the woman, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt. The charges were dropped but drew attention to the contract she had been awarded by Barry's office.

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