Loose Lips

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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  • downtown rez

    Fools.
    Where are the results of that investigation?

  • Anothernative

    The only thing that will stop a fool like Nickles is corruption charges, he thinks he's above the law by way of his semantics. The guy thinks that his interpretation of the law is far superior to anyone's, he clearly views himself as an overlooked supreme court prospect, LOL.

  • Truth Hurts

    Why isn't the Council Chair's signature on this letter? The signatures of Cheh and Mendo might be expected to get the judge's attention, but their credibility is undermined by the third signatory, Harry "I'm gettin ready to turn over those docs" Thomas. And also by the fact that the council's "investigation" was due 6-8 months ago. Still waiting.

    Nobody looks good here. Not Nickles, who knows DC doesn't need court approval of settlements (except in cases involving minor children, etc).

    Not these three CM's, who didn't comply with the Court's civil procedures and move to intervene in the case. Instead, they wrote a letter of little, if any, legal significance.

    If I'm the judge, I strike the letter, tell Nickles and Bolden they're free to settle if they wish, deny the consent motion without prejudice and further order Nickles, Bolden, Fenty, Gray and other actors from the executive and legislative branches to sit at a conference table until they agree on a compromise. Nobody comes out/goes home until everyone grows up.

  • Sally

    These jokers did what they do best - write letters whining about being left out.

  • noodlez

    FUCK OMAR KARIM AND PETER NICKLES!!!

    THEY NEED TO COUNT THEIR LUCKY STARS, BE THANKFUL AND JUST GO AWAY BECAUSE THE HAMMER AVOIDED THE DC GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICE. YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AT PGCO AND IT COULD HAVE VERY WELL BEEN CROWN VIC'S PARKED OUTSIDE THE CRESTWOOD HOME.

    IF KARIM WANT SOME MONEY TELL HIM TO PULL IT OUT HIS ASS JUST LIKE HE PULLED THOSE FAKE ASS CREDENTIALS OUT HIS ASS TO GET THE DEAL. THE FEDS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED IN TO ASSIST ON THIS SHAMBACLE LIKE THEY WERE CALLED IN ON MR KEELY THOMPSON.

    DC GOVT SHOULDNT AND I HOPE THEY DONT GIVE HIM A DAMN DIME!

  • David

    Noodlez:

    Don't worry the Crown Vic's will be coming for these guys very soon. Fenty and his gang will be indicted. Nickles want that money paid to Omar so that Omar will have money for legal fees because they know what is coming.

    I can't wait to see them all perp walked on television. We will see how many people think Fenty did such a good job when he is indicted.

  • Freeman

    some people have nothing better to do than demonize, marganalize and lie about black owned businesses. every project that these folks worked on were delivered on time and under budget. not one person has ever questioned that. that's a breadth of fresh air since we've been getting screwed by contractors for 40 years in dc. karim has an engineering degree and year's of construction experience. this year-long witch hunt by Harry (where is all that money you shook down developers for, had them pay 2 team thomas and then pay your wife) Thomas, was nothing more than a distraction from harry's problems, mary cheh's problems (giving her campaign manager a huge development deal) and vince gray ($300 million to william c smith). from what i've read, the settlement goes to pay the architect firms and others who worked on the projects last year and who've still not been paid for this work. and most of these are cbes. please get your lies straight before committing libel online.

  • Tformation

    The results of the investigation won't be in until Fenty is out of office and can no longer threaten peoples silence, until Nickles is out of his job and can no longer order thaat requested documents not be turned over to investigators, until agency heads, scared of fenty et al are more scared of gray et al and start showing the paperwork instead of hiding it..... Unless of douse it has all been shredded. If so, there are still things like time stamp and record books that prove documents that should be there aren't.... In which case the Feds will end up with obstruction charges instead of kick back, bribery or other charges.... Sound familiar? JJ and AF can share a cell....

    As for the work being done on time under budget comment.... When the budget was 5 times the going rate to get the job done and you only use 4 times the rate saving 1 times the rate.... IT STILL COST THREE TIMES AS MUCH TO GET THE JOB DONE!!!!

    Thanks noodlez for saying what we all feel!!!

  • noodlez

    @Freeman- HOMEBOY NEVER HEARD OF ONE-HAND SPADES BECAUSE YOU ARE PLAYING THAT RACE CARD GAME BY YOURSELF! HOLD THE FUCK UP. I KNOW YOU ARE NOT WHINING, CRYING AND SIGNIFYING ABOUT SOME FAKE ASS BLACK OWNED BUSINESS. JUST BECAUSE A BLACK FACE IS OUT FRONT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S A BLACK OWNED BUSINESS. ONE THING FOR SURE AND TWO THINGS FOR CERTAIN YOU CAN TRUST AND BELIEVE BLACK FOLK HERE IN DC ARE NOT SINGING SAD SONGS FOR BANNEKER VENTURES AND LIBERTY ENGINEERING(SEE SEPT DEM PRIMARY).

    YOU ARE ATYPICAL DUMBASS IF YOU THINK THAT FOLK WITH ANY KIND OF UNDERSTANDING IS GOING TO BUY INTO THAT "BUT THEY BEEN RIPPIN US OFF FOR 40YRS" SHIT. ALSO FOR YOU TO ATTEMPT TO SOMEHOW JUSTIFY THESE BAMAS ACTIONS BECAUSE THEY GAVE US A WARM WASH CLOTH AFTER THEY FUCKED US WITH OUT ASKING IS PURELY ASININE!

    UNDER BUDGET? CHILD PLEEZE. OF COURSE IT WOULD BE UNDER BUDGET IF YOU HIKED UP PRICES TO BEGIN WITH THEN BACK DOOR THAT SHIT SO NO ONE WOULD NOTICE. SEND IN THE CLOWNS! OH MY BAD! THEY ARE ALREADY HERE THEY GO BY THE NAMES FENTASTIC, RHE-DO-WITH-OUT-DOING, NICKKLOWDOWN, KARI-MIMONEYBAG, SKIMMER-OFF THE TOP, MO-TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND MY DOLLARS LO-MAX ME OUT.

    THEN YOUR "WELL LOOK AT COUNCILMEMBER THOMAS" BULLSHIT JUST GOES TO SHOW ERBODY THAT THE CRAP PULLED BY NICKLES AT THE 11TH HOUR WAS PURELY A VINDICTIVE ACTION ON BEHALF OF AND/OR SPEARHEADED BY THE SOON TO BE WORST MAYOR WDC EVER HAD!

    THE FOLKS YOU ARE SUPPORTING ARE BULLSHIT ARTISTS SO THEY CAN DRAW UP ANOTHER SCHEME TO GET THEIR FOLKS PAID AS LONG AS ITS NOT DRAWN OFF DC’S COFFERS!

    NO DOLLA FO U.

    WON CITEE!

  • downtown rez

    What a shock: Lots of haters, casting lots of aspersions.
    But when it comes to backing them up, they are either silent or they make excuses.
    Their shit stinks, and they've been on the pot for too damn long.

  • noodlez

    NO HATIN. REAL TRUTH TELLIN!

    FACT OF THE MATTER NICKLES SHOULDN'T BE SAYING OR DOING A DAMN THING. WHY IS HE SO PRESSED TO GET THIS BAMA PAID? HE TALKIN AND ACTIN LIKE HE REPPIN KARIM. IF NICKLES IS SO CONFIDENT IN HIS SETTLEMENT AND THE PROCESS THEN SIT BACK AND SHUT THE FUCK UP.

    YEAH 4YRS TOO LONG.

  • downtown rez

    noodlez
    You have no proof, just hot air. I get that you like to play the clown and blow a funny balloon with it.
    Good show. Really.
    But without substance, how long will it float?

  • noodlez

    HOMESKILLIT, I GOT 41 MORE DAYS OF HOT AIR LEFT. SO ITS FLOAT ON. FLOAT ON. SLIM WE'VE BEEN ROUND AND ROUND ON THE SUBSTANCE ISSUE. ITS THERE! IF NOT THIS WOULD BE A NON-ISSUE. THAT FACT OF THE MATTER IS YOUR SORRY ASS MAYOR FUCKED UP. GET OVER IT.

    PERSONALLY I HOPE THINGS END AS THEY ARE NOW. THE FAKE ASS CROOKS DONT GET ANOTHER DIME AND WE DONT SPEND THE MONEY TO TAKE THIS ANY FURTHER. BUT IF THEY WANT TO PRESS IT THEN PUSH ALL THE CHIPS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE TABLE AND SHOW YOUR CARDS! MY SIDE BET IS SOMEBODY GOING TO JAIL FOR FRAUD, PAY TO PLAY AND/OR CONSPIRACY.

  • Tformation

    Don't forget tampering w/evidence and obstruction of justice for all those shredded documents they have been refusing to fun over while crying about HTJr taking a month to get his together. How about applying all those juicy press snippets to yourself and give up the soca on Banneker. If there is nothing to hide, what's the big deal? If everything is in order, what's taking so long. Maybe Tommy should call Scott Bolden to represent him just like Skinner, Lomax, Omar did. It amazes me how everybody clammed up, lawyered up and never spoke again when the contracting investigation started and none of you Fentyites have a problem with that. But let the same situation involve a non Fenty supporter and you think THEY should do thing that Fenty has been refusing to do for a year. What's wrong with this picture?

  • DCitizen

    The hypocrisy of Drez doesn't surprise me anymore. Here he is an avid defender of the accused, claiming that there is no substance in the City Council and most residents of DC wanting to get to the bottom of contracts that weren't put through the right channels and were awarded to people with close ties to Fenty. On the lawsuit brought against Peebles by Nickles, he's on the side of the accuser, claiming that the City should pursue all avenues necessary to make sure that no one is gaming and profiting from the DC taxpayer's money.
    It doesn't matter to him that Fenty and Nickles have done everything possible to protect themselves and their friends from Council oversight and the rushed settlement last December, at the expressed objections of the City Council, was just another attempt by Nickles to hinder any possibility of finding out the truth.
    I'm sure the shake-up in PG County have Nickles, Fenty and Friends all quivering, expecting the worst soon. Hopefully, justice will be served.

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  • downtown rez

    Again: Hot air aside, where is that council report?
    To date not a single Fenty-appointee has been found guilty of any wrongdoing.
    If you think that's going to change, then (LOL) I invite you to hold your breath while waiting.

  • DCitizen

    Drez- are you going to be spewing the same shit when Nickles case against Peebles is tossed?

  • tformation

    AGAIN DREZ....
    THE REPORT IS NOT COMPLETE BECAUSE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN SUBMITTED BY FENTY, OMAR, NICKLES AND SKINNER.

    AGAIN...
    Once Fenty/Nickles are no longer able to obstruct the investigation, it will once again move forward.

    AND AGAIN...
    Nobody had issue with the 7 year, 5 million dollar investigation to catch Barry hit a crack pipe... or the 8 year who knows how much money to catch Jack Johnson, but with Fenty, if you think if it's not concluded in a year, there is no substance....

    YOU WATCH TOO MUCH TV! Only in Fentyville do investigations wrap up in 1 hour... or by the 5 oclock news. That's why in Fentyville, the citizens and employees end up winning BILLIONS of dollars in lawsuits due to their improper handling of those "investigations". Get over yourself dude.

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