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Sulaimon Brown Traffic Case Goes To Trial

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Sulaimon Brown testifies before a D.C. Council committee in June. Brown, who has accused the campaign of now-Mayor Vincent Gray of a quid pro quo scheme, will go to trial for a traffic charge.
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Sulaimon Brown testifies before a D.C. Council committee in June. Brown, who has accused the campaign of now-Mayor Vincent Gray of a quid pro quo scheme, will go to trial for a traffic charge.

Former District of Columbia mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving without a valid license, according to the Associated Press. Brown entered the plea this morning and requested to go to trial.

Brown was arrested in September after being pulled over for a broken headlight, when officers discovered he was driving with a suspended license. He lives in Washington, but has a Maryland driver's license he claims is valid. Judge Richard Ringell advised him to get a D.C. license before he returns to court and warned Brown that he could be jailed if he's caught driving again without a valid license.

A charge of failure to obey stemming from his September arrest was dropped.

Brown has accused aides to Mayor Vincent Gray of offering him money and a job during last year's campaign to disparage then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. Federal authorities are investigating those claims.

Brown was ordered to return to court on Nov. 14.

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