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Thomas to Nickles: Take Your Subpoena and Shove It Up …

As Jonetta Rose Barras indicated he would, Ward 5 Harry Thomas Jr. didn't pony up the more detailed financial records Attorney General Peter Nickles requested by 4 p.m. today in a second subpoena of Thomas' youth sports, non-profit, Team Thomas. Looks like we're headed back to court!

Thomas's attorney, Fred Cooke Jr., sent a letter to Nickles explaining why the second subpoena wasn't necessary. The main reason being, Cooke says, is that Team Thomas has decided to "voluntarily refrain" from asking for any more donations. (According to its response to the first subpoena, Team Thomas is already virtually defunct, raising only $28 so far this year.) Argues Cooke: if Team Thomas isn't asking for money, then it can't break the city's charitable solicitations law by asking for money without a license, as Nickles has kind of alleged.

Here's Cooke's letter. LL hasn't gotten ahold of Nickles yet, but will update as needed.

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Update: LL is late to meet his 8.5 month pregnant wife, so he won't summarize Nickles response. Instead, you may read it here:

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  • S.E.

    "Step Off GrandPa!!!!!!!!!!"

  • Truth Hurts

    All donors, dates, amounts, expenditures should be produced under seal to a mutually acceptable retired judge who then compares donors' names against registered lobbyists and Thomas' conflicts disclosure forms. Also determines whether donations were zeroed out by lawful expenditures.

    If Thomas is clean, he gets to bitch slap Nickles and keep the records.

    If Thomas is dirty, Nickles gets the records and he bitch slaps Thomas.

    In short, loser gets punked/bitch slapped and the public learns the truth. How about it, fellows?

  • Anonymous, Too

    "In short, loser gets punked/bitch slapped and the public learns the truth. How about it, fellows?"

    Only if all the all the other CMs are required to do the same thing. Jack Evans' makes HT, Jr. look like little Bo-Peep.

  • LOL

    Truth,

    I choked on my breakfast reading your post. That summary is both hilarious and accurate. There should be an private review.

  • Sally

    Isn't Fred Cooke a registered lobbyist with interests regularly before the Council?

    Isn't it a conflict of interest for any registered lobbyist to be representing a member of Council when that lobbyist also has business before the Council?

  • samantha

    Nickles is DC' Alberto Gonzalez and John Ashcroft . He should be prosecuted for Conspiracy and Perjury . He and Fenty will " Go Down ".

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  • Mayflower

    @ anonymous too:

    harry thomas can hardly complete a sentence in english. evans is articulate and competent and has done good for his ward, which is what is elected to do.

    poor comparison.

  • Isn’t It Obvious

    @ Mayflower: If I didn't know any better, your comments hint of racism (articulate and competent). The African-American Councilmember "can hardly complete a sentence in english." Whereas, the Caucasian Councilmember "is articulate and competent." If they are racist, then shame on you.

    Moreover, you nothing about how Jack Evans has done well for himself; and not just his Ward. He, nor his motives are altruistic.

  • DCitizen

    Isn't It Obvious- why are you making this a race issue? Harry Thomas is pretty fucking incompetent and that wouldn't change regardless of what race he is.

    I don't think Jack Evans is a good person at all, but Mayflower is right on- Evans, as shady as the fucker is, does everything he can to better himself and his ward.

    Lots of CM are famous for this. Barry, Graham, and Thomas, fit this category. But have you ever watched Harry speak in public? He's almost as bad a GW Bush.

    I do have a problem with him using a non-profit front to pay for his personal stuff. That's just wrong and if he can't prove where the money was spent, then he should pay the penalty.

  • Isn’t It Obvious

    @ DC Citizen: I am not making this a race issue. In case you are not African-American, and do not understand some of the code words that Caucasians have used when not wanting to say something more overt regarding race are "competent" and "articulate."

    Moreover, unless you can point to specific instances of Harry Thomas' incompetence as a Ward 5 Councilmember, please do so. Don't just give your opinion. Obviously, the residents of Ward 5 felt he was competent, that is why he was re-elected.

    Lastly, please show the proof you have that he has used the non-profit as a front for anything. Many small non-profits do not have the resources or personnel to manage all of the paperwork. They simply just want to do things to help the kids. Show proof that he did anything wrong. This is nothing more than a fishing and smear campaign by Nickles on Fenty's behalf.

    Thanks for your commentary though. I am so happy that under the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Judicial system, one is STILL innocent until PROVEN guilty. Neither Nickles opinion nor your opinion count as evidence toward any wrong-doing necessary for penalization.

  • Isn’t It Obvious

    Correction:

    @ DC Citizen: I am not making this a race issue. In case you are not African-American, and do not understand some of the code words that Caucasians have used when not wanting to say something more overt regarding race "competent" and "articulate" are often used. - Check Biden and Obama primary; or many other instances.

    Moreover, unless you can point to specific instances of Harry Thomas' incompetence as a Ward 5 Councilmember, please do so. Don't just give your opinion. Obviously, the residents of Ward 5 felt he was competent, that is why he was re-elected.

    Lastly, please show the proof you have that he has used the non-profit as a front for anything. Many small non-profits do not have the resources or personnel to manage all of the paperwork. They simply just want to do things to help the kids. Show proof that he did anything wrong. This is nothing more than a fishing and smear campaign by Nickles on Fenty's behalf.

    Thanks for your commentary though. I am so happy that under the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Judicial system, one is STILL innocent until PROVEN guilty. Neither Nickles opinion nor your opinion count as evidence toward any wrong-doing necessary for penalization

  • DCitizen

    Isn't It Obvious- Code ones huh? This is a fucking blog and many of us hide behind stupid anonymous names so that we wouldn't have to be constrained when commenting. So, if the person meant to be racist, I'm certain he or she would have laid it out, plain as day. You haven't read much of these blogs have ya?

    Harry is pretty fucking stupid as a HUMAN BEING. He wouldn't be a council member if it wasn't for his father. You want to disagree, fine by me. I just can't seem to come up with a better reason, can you?

    Look, if Tommy can show where the money went. Great. Do it and put this all behind us. But for you or anyone to claim this bullshit that it's a small organization and they don't keep good records, that's a load of fucking shit. If he had the resources to solicit donations, he had the resources to account for them. It's as simply as this:

    Jane Doe is giving us $1000 for the basketball team. $1000 spent on basketball equipment, outfits, and games. Done.

    It's not fucking rocket science (though it might be for Harry, it might seem like it).

    Uh yeah, in the US, there is something called "the law" as well. If Harry Broke it, he should be penalized.
    I never said he did it, but if he did, he should pay the price, you agree?

  • Isn’t It Obvious

    @DCitizen: Why are you bothering to address me at all? My original post was not for you! If I wanted your opinion: (1) I'd ask for it; and (2)as far as I am concerned with regard to the subject matter addressed to Mayflower, it is irrelevant. Mind your business. If I am not addressing you, then don't address me. (KMA!)

  • DCitizen

    Obvious- you made a stupid comment on a very public space. I didn't realize that you would cower like a little biatch when presented with valid points. I should have known seeing how blindly and stupidly you seem to excuse Thomas' behavior.

    If you can't handle the comments, then don't comment. Simple. And try rereading your posts, you did direct some comments to me and thus the reason for my response, so yeah, Harry, this is the reason why we think you're a moron.

  • Truth Hurts

    @DCitizen: I was gonna address Obvious' bs, but figured you'd handle it yourself. Obviously, Obvious' comments 10 and 11 were to you.

    Fyi, Obvious is a proofreader. Check out recent comments directed to LL.

  • Tformation

    Harry is just as big of an ass as Nickles is. Too bad they can't BOTH crawl under a rock and disappear! I do think Nickles is using his last month in office to get his and Fenty's revenge for those who haven't supported their reign of terror though. If he had an ounce of self respect left he would properly investigate the contracts giving our tax dollars to Moten, Lomax and Banneker under false pretenses. All of that money added up together is almost half of the deficit. See if you can recoup THAT money instead of going after the small fish. Not to excuse anything that Harry has done but a $2,000 solicitation next to $100 million dollars of tax payers money being given away... And they are saying the same thing Harry is saying... This was proper and I don't need to show you my records.... Something just doesn't add up in the vigoroursly protecting us department Peter.

  • Anonymous, Too

    Thanks, Tformation, for bringing up Keith Lomax, once again. I've raised the issue of Lomax--what was his punishment for committing voter fraud in 2008/what work did he do to receive $11 million+ in non-compete contracts from DC/what was his punishment for defrauding the DC govt by claiming to be a DC business?--on these comment sections for over 18 months and there has never been an answer.

    And, Mayflower, articulate and competent has nothing to do with it. That just makes him a clever crook, and shows you how the Ward 2 electorate is just as dumb as the Ward 8 residents on whom everyone likes to heap scorn. Do you really think he would have a $250,000-a-year side job at Patton Boggs if he wasn't doing their bidding through his part-time sinecure on the Council?

    http://thefightback.org/2010/10/jack-evans-marriotts-man2/

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  • Crackheads4Jesus

    I wonder if Harry Thomas has a big dick. He looks like he could be packing.

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