- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 14, 2002

The former director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights yesterday filed a $55 million federal lawsuit against Mayor Anthony A. Williams, claiming defamation of character and wrongful termination.
It is the second federal lawsuit against Mr. Williams, who secured the Democratic nomination for re-election on Thursday.
In a five-count lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, Charles Holman asserts that the Williams administration fired him for refusing to violate D.C. contract-procurement laws.
"Mr. Holman was fired because, one, he wouldn't acquiesce to giving an illegal contract and, two, he would not keep quiet about it," said George L. Lattimer, one of Mr. Holman's attorneys.
The D.C. Office of the Corporation Counsel will be representing the mayor in the case, said its spokesman, Peter Lavalle.
In his complaint, Mr. Holman said he was pressured by Washington Teachers Union President Barbara Bullock to award a contract to Curtis Lewis & Associates to handle filings for the human rights office.
"I didn't have a problem with Curtis Lewis taking the contract, but I wanted to go through the normal procurement process," Mr. Holman said.
The D.C. corporation counsel will not speak about any of the issues of the case.
Mr. Williams could not be reached for comment and will be in Greece next week for an international mayor's conference.
Williams spokesman Tony Bullock said city attorneys will review the case.
Last month, former Deputy Chief of Staff Marc A. Jones who took most of the blame for the mayor's fund-raising scandal filed a $50 million lawsuit against Mr. Williams.
Meanwhile, D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz yesterday filed paperwork to assume the Republican mayoral nomination, but said she has not yet decided whether to run against Mr. Williams in November's general election.
The mayor, who ran a write-in campaign because the city's election board denied him access to the ballot, received the most votes in the Democratic and the Republican primaries Tuesday.
Mrs. Schwartz, an at-large council member, was the runner-up in the Republican contest.
Yesterday, Mr. Williams met with the D.C. Council to discuss how to shore up an estimated $325 million deficit in the fiscal 2003 budget, which begins Oct. 1.
Mr. Williams said the budget will be "balanced on the backs of all our citizens, working in concert together," adding that all city residents will "share equally" in the pain budget cuts will bring.
Council member Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat, said the 2004 income-tax reductions will be "one of the first things to go," but added that he opposes any income-tax increases.
Among the ideas discussed yesterday were a one-time temporary tax, and delaying some new projects until sufficient funding is provided.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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