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Marion Barry Censured By D.C. Council For Accepting Contractor Cash

Marion Barry has been censured three times now in his tenure on the D.C. Council.
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Marion Barry has been censured three times now in his tenure on the D.C. Council.

On Tuesday the D.C. Council voted to censure Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) for accepting $6,800 in cash from two city contractors.

For the second time in three years, the former four-time mayor was censured by his colleagues, and once again it looks like Barry will be stripped of his committee chairmanship.

Barry and several supporters on the council tried to fight the censure and the loss of chairmanship, arguing that the city's new ethics board already punished him when it fined Barry more than $13,000 dollars.

But Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who led the committee that recommended that Barry lose his chairmanship of the Council's Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs, argued that a second violation of ethics rules demanded a more severe punishment.

Barry was censured by the Council previously in 2010 for steering a city contract to a former girlfriend.

After the vote Barry criticized his colleagues who supported the censure resolution, which passed 9-4. "We've got members of the Council who see themselves as champions of ethics, but those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

Barry was backed by Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Vincent Orange (D-At Large), who led the charge to strip the recommendation that Barry lose his committee chairmanship from the resolution.

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