Sunday, November 23, 2014

FORMER DC MAYOR MARION BARRY DIES AT 78

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies
AP story link
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBIT_MARION_BARRY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-11-23-03-04-21

From the AP story
Barry's name  became synonymous with corruption for many observers.  His accomplishments are often forgotten in light of his arrest for drug abuse when he was caught in a Washington hotel room with a much younger woman.

"Bitch set me up," Barry famously cursed when FBI agents burst in, referring to the woman who helped the FBI set up the sting.

Below is a drawing from the 1990 trial by Aggie Kenny
Story link
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/library/dc/barry/jurors.htm



Federal authorities had been investigating him for years for his alleged ties to drug suspects, and while he denied using drugs, his late-night partying was taking a toll on his job performance.

The arrest and subsequent conviction - a jury deadlocked on most counts, convicting him of a single count of drug possession - was a turning point for Barry.

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