Happy 20th Anniversary, Marion Barry Crack Bust
As LL noted earlier in LL Daily, today is the 20th anniversary of the famed Vista Hotel bust, in which Mayor Marion Barry was lured into Room 727 by Rasheeda Moore and proceeded to smoke crack cocaine on camera.
Here's a vintage Darrow Montgomery snap of Barry the next day, leaving his arraignment at the District's federal courthouse:
Here's what Darrow remembers: "I was asleep but I got a frantic call the next morning from Jon Cohen...He was the No. 2 here. We scurried down to the courthouse where we joined about 150 other newsmedia types. Probably not that many, but a lot. I really don't have much to add."
As the trial progressed over the following summer, the location of the photograph—the front plaza of what's now the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Court House—would become know colloquially as "Barry Beach."
Photo by Darrow Montgomery