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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
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Topic - Brian M. Heberlig
Sure he may have bigger fish to fry, but former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown is now facing possible discipline from two D.C. agencies for failure to file campaign finance and financial disclosure forms, according to officials.
Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown pleaded guilty Monday to a public corruption charge for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed in duffel bags and coffee cups while in office, following in the footsteps of two other former city lawmakers who pleaded guilty last year to federal crimes.
A calculated federal sting operation such as the one that ensnared former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown for bribery wouldn't have gotten off the ground without evidence of prior suspicious dealings, former federal prosecutors said.
Federal prosecutors on Friday charged former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown with one count of felony bribery for accepting $55,000 from FBI agents he thought to be representatives of a company seeking a minority contract with the District.
His attorney, Brian M. Heberlig, said of Brown that "during a time he was under extreme financial pressure, he made a terrible decision that led to his guilty plea today."
"Upon learning the nature of the government's sting operation, he did all the right things," Mr. Heberlig said, although he declined to elaborate on the nature of Brown's cooperation with investigators.