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Barry's Apology May Not Be Enough

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By Patrick Madden

Former D.C. Mayor and current council member Marion Barry is apologizing for awarding a contract to a woman he had been dating. Barry says he's sorry for causing, what he calls, a great embarrassment to the city and the city council.

A report delivered to the council last week by lawyer Robert Bennett concludes Barry steered a $15,000 city contract to his girlfriend and accuses Barry of taking some of that money. Barry says he did not break the law.

Speaking at a church in Southeast D.C yesterday, he said the contract wasn't a conflict of interest but a violation of good judgment. The council is still waiting to act on the Bennett Report. Some members say Barry could be censured and stripped of his committee assignments.


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