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Pershing Park Case: Cheh Joins Others In Slamming Nickles’ Statement

Mary Cheh

On August 12, AG Peter Nickles submitted his sworn statement to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. By now, the statement has been read by several Pershing Park experts. Their verdict: Nickles' statement needs a re-write! Councilmember Phil Mendelson and Former Councilmember Kathy Patterson caught several possible errors.

Mendelson took issue with Nickles' claims that the D.C. Council had prevented him from instituting reforms at OAG and had cut OAG's budget. Patterson found fault with Nickles' assertion that his attorneys had been blocked from getting materials discovered in the council's Pershing Park investigation. Patterson says the majority of those materials were made available to the public along with her detailed  final report.

Today, City Desk reached Councilmember Mary Cheh. Cheh had helped lead the D.C. Council's investigation into the mass arrests at Pershing Park.

Her take on Nickles' statement: "This is an attempt to exonerate himself from any liability," she says. "From what I can tell, he has misled the court....This is just an erroneous, unreliable self-serving statement on his part."

Cheh also found fault with Nickles' claim that the OAG was denied access to the council's Pershing Park materials (page 10 of his statement). She also took issue with Nickles' claims that the council had received the running resume—a major piece of evidence in the case that has gone missing. The council did not get a copy of the running resume despite requesting one from the D.C. Police Department.

And Cheh backs up Mendelson's complaint that Nickles shouldn't blame the council for OAG's file mismanagement. "To lay things back on the council is actually laughable," she says. "There was money in the OCTO budget for document management. Nickles and the executive office never came forward with a plan, never sought that money to reform their office. This is a guy who can't run his own office. It's a mess... and he ought to own up to it."

Nickles' statement did nothing to shake Cheh from her recent statement calling for the attorney general to go. "The man should resign," she says.

*photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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  • Angry Al Gonzales

    The most hated man in DC - Petey Nickles. Look for a council coup ousting Nickles by Halloween.

  • AJ

    Talk about self-serving. Mary Cheh gives new meaning to the term "political hack."

  • CJ201

    You're right AJ. I am getting tired of hearing Cheh and her cronies whine and complain. Move on already.

  • huh?

    Mary Cheh, "political hack?" Why? Is she more of a political hack then say, Adrian Fenty?

    What CJ201 calls whining and complaining, others call serving the people by asking questions and demanding answers.

    You really think that the police should be able to arrest people for no cause and then cover it up with the help of the OAG? Really?

    Move on? No thanks, I think this is actually pretty important.

  • Fister

    That's what I am talking about.

  • DC Native

    Cheh is awesome. She approaches things methodically and is intelligent enough to fan through the normal political bs (watch the Motten disposition- she clowns this belligerent acehole). Fenty and his cronies are arrogrant pricks who feel that they are above it all. Just like the Firetruck/Sousa scandal, the tickets, the Dubai Trip, the iffy multi-million dollar contracts to his frat buddies (I know, Barry's done the same), paying for a frat party with City Money, going around the DCPS lottery to put his kids in a better school, the list goes on. Nickles okays all of it, this needs to stop.

  • concerned

    Nickles does the same with the Fire Department. He hides the fact that the assistant fire chief is a convicted arsonist. Emerald Society Band members are granted administrative leave for performing throughout the eastern seaboard and backfilled with overtime. That's just to name a few. Theese things need to be investigated but guess who will do that. You guessed it.

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