Dear Judge, Help Us!
LL first reported back in August that Mayor Adrian Fenty's fraternity brother, Omar Karim, was suing the city after the council blocked a $550,000 settlement that Attorney General Peter Nickles had agreed to between the city and Karim's Banneker Ventures.
Way back then, Nickles said the council was going to have to get its own lawyer because he wasn't about to waltz into court and argue against a settlement he'd already negotiated and thinks is best for the city.
It looks like the council didn't heed Nickles' advice. Instead, Councilmembers Phil Mendelson, Harry Thomas Jr., and Mary Cheh sent a letter today to the poor Superior Court judge who is hearing this case, asking him not to approve a request that was filed Wednesday that he sign off on the settlement.
Mendelson tells LL that Nickles is trying to use legal maneuvering to make an "end run" around the council's wishes. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, here's their letter:
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