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Topic - Robert Spagnoletti
A D.C. Council committee Tuesday approved a trio of nominees to serve on the city's newly created Board of Ethics, despite lingering concerns about the number of times its chairman-to-be must recuse himself from cases.
Former D.C. Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti told a D.C. Council committee on Monday he can be an effective member of the newly created ethics board - despite what his critics may say - and that his ties to city government are unlikely to force his recusal from many cases.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Tuesday named three attorneys to serve on the newly created D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, which emerged as part of legislative reforms intended to restore faith in city hall after a year of scandals and ongoing criminal probes by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Such a move would splinter the cohesiveness of the agency and its ability to function efficiently, former Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti said.
"That system resulted in inconsistent legal advice, inconsistent quality of lawyer, inconsistent lawyer supervision and pay, and poor coordination between the agencies and OAG in litigation matters," said Mr. Spagnoletti, referencing the prior configuration of the attorney general's office that allowed agency directors to hire and supervise their own lawyers.