Vincent Gray Dropped From Whistleblower’s Lawsuit Against Marion Barry
Some good news out of the courts for mayoral candidate (and D.C. Council Chairman) Vincent Gray—he's no longer named in a lawsuit against Councilmember Marion Barry.
Whistleblower Sharon Wise
came forward some time ago to expose the shady dealings that took place when Barry secured earmark money and sent it to nonprofit groups he created. Some of that money was steered to Barry's friends and associates, a Washington City Paper investigation revealed
. Wise, who acted as program manager for two of Barry's Ward 8 non-profits, "Clean and Sober" and "Youth Leadership Council," sued Barry (and Gray), saying she was cheated out of pay. She was supposed to earn $65,000 per year for running the programs, but then she was told by Barry that $15,000 of that money would be paid out to someone else.
Though Gray's hand wasn't in the till, Wise was suing Gray in his official capacity as council chairman "due to his failure to invesigate Wise's allegations regarding the misuse of of money under the earmark grants awarded to Ward 8," say court records. In other words, Wise claimed she told Gray about Barry's antics, but Gray did nothing to stop them.
But Wise's lawyer, Denise Clark, tells City Desk Gray was dropped from the defendants because Wise is focusing her lawsuit on the wages she's still owed. Through his campaign spokeswoman, Traci Hughes, Gray declined to comment.