- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2010

The chairman of the D.C. Council on Tuesday said the body could censure former mayor Marion Barry over a report accusing him of violating conflict-of-interest laws.

Mr. Barry, a Democrat who represents Ward 8 on the council, is accused of benefiting from a $15,000 city contract that he obtained for a former girlfriend in 2008 and using earmarks to benefit friends and supporters. He has until Tuesday to respond officially to the report by lawyer Robert S. Bennett and a team of investigators.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said the council could consider a possible censure resolution on March 2. It would be up to the council to determine punishments, such as stripping Mr. Barry of his chairmanship of the Committee on Housing and Workforce Development.

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