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Feds Want Marion Barry Jailed For Taxes

From an understanding Washington Post:

Prosecutors Want Barry Jailed Over Tax Returns

By Del Quentin Wilber
Tuesday, February 10, 2009; A01

For the second time in two years, frustrated federal prosecutors took aim at Marion Barry’s chronic failure to file his tax returns and urged a judge to put him in jail.

The move by authorities is the latest act in a long-running tug of war between authorities and the D.C. Council member over his tax status. In all, prosecutors say, Barry has failed to file his returns on time in eight of the past nine years.

Yesterday, they urged a federal judge to revoke Barry’s probation for tax offenses just weeks before it expires.

Barry, 72, in the past has called such legal efforts "frivolous" and has said his tax problems are a "personal matter."

But prosecutors, who failed in a similar effort to have Barry jailed two years ago, don’t see it that way.

"The defendant’s conduct regarding tax year 2007 is indefensible," wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Zeno in a motion filed in U.S. District Court. "It is not acceptable for any citizen to shirk a basic civil duty, let alone a former mayor and current city councilman who has been responsible in the past and continues to be responsible for spending public funds collected from District of Columbia taxpayers." …

Prosecutors don’t usually have to pursue tax offenders for continuing to break tax laws because such repeat violations are rare

Ironically, Barry might be due a tax refund, because the D.C. government withholds a portion of his $92,530 salary, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In their favor this time around, prosecutors have cobbled together a lengthy history of what they have called Barry’s "recalcitrant" attitude toward his tax duty.

Barry pleaded guilty in 2005 to not filing federal or D.C. returns from 1999 through 2004, a period when he was not in public office. He also admitted that he did not pay the bulk of his taxes on more than $500,000 he earned during those years

Naturally there is no mention anywhere in the Washington Post’s article of Mr. Barry’s political persuasion.

Perhaps they realize it goes without saying.

Maybe what this country needs is a new law. Not only should legislators with the power to raise the tax on others be required to actually pay taxes themselves.

But they should be required to pay twice as much. So they realize what a burden they are imposing.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Feds Want Marion Barry Jailed For Taxes”

  1. russ51 says:

    Hmmm, how come this clown wasn’t tapped to be in the Obama administration?

    I mean its not like it has been done before…

  2. CKO1986 says:

    Nobody in their right mind would want to work with Marion Barry after the stuff he’s pulled.

  3. Gladius et Scutum says:

    I was an “advance man” for a big contract with the DC guv when he was there. Unbelievable, utter corruption.

  4. proreason says:

    The only differences I see between M. Barry and Barry O. are position of Barry in the name, and the fact that The Moron hasn’t been convicted yet (that we know of).

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Lest we forget another Barry – one who had real talent & never screwed a tax payer (although his music has inspired such practice so I’m told)- that’s right, I loop his hits over Obama speeches – Ladies n Gentlemen, Barry….White.

  5. heykev says:

    How is this any different form those in BHO’s cabinet that “forgot” to pay taxes. They should all be jailed or at the very least disqualified from office. I have a simple solution, BHO should have all elected officials audited yearly…beginning with him and anyone who has an error should resign or jailed depending on the severity.

  6. curvyred says:

    Barry, 72, in the past has called such legal efforts “frivolous” and has said his tax problems are a “personal matter.”

    Spoken like only a Democratic politician could – laws, pshh those are for the continuents not me!

  7. JohnMG says:

    …….”said his tax problems are a “personal matter.”…….”

    Is there a democrat anywhere that pays his/her taxes?

  8. Confucius says:

    I don’t see what all the hub-bub is about.

    Just nominate Barry to something and bippity-boppity-boo, taxes paid! With interest! (Penalties optional.)

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