Loose Lips

Nickles to Thomas: Pay Up!

LL just got off the horn with Attorney General Peter Nickles, who says the next court date in the Team Thomas saga is set for Dec. 8.

Below is a copy of the petition for enforcement Nickles' office filed today, asking a judge to enforce a subpoena for more detailed financial records of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s youth sports non-profit. Thomas, you'll recall, blew off yesterday's deadline to answer Nickles' subpoena and said this morning on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt that Nickles is using his last months in office to try and extract some payback for, among other things, Thomas not voting to approve him as A.G.

Nickles also tacked on a request that Thomas cover court costs and attorney fees in addition to answering the subpoena. Asked how much that might be, Nickles said that a reasonable rate for this time would be about $450 to $500 an hour. Asked how many hours he and Bennett Rushkoff, the chief of the public advocacy section of the A.G.'s office, have spent working on the Team Thomas case, Nickles says: "quite a few."

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Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • samantha

    Nickles is INSANE !

  • Truth Hurts

    Could be, samantha. Also could be true that Iraq had WMD.

  • S.E.

    Alright.......let's cut to the bullshit. If Thomas broke the the law he gets what he gets. At the same time .........let's look at Ron Moten and the Peaceaholics, The DCFEMS Department who INTENTIONAL overspent their budget (in violation of the law), DCPS ( who did the same) and everybody else who broke the law, otherwise, your credibility (Nickles) is shot!!!

  • Truth Hurts

    You forgot to include Bush, Cheney, Fenty, Charles, Gray, Rhee, Jemal, DOES, Bereano, Banneker .... blah blah blah.

    Republicans are following a similar script in Congress: blocking everything based on gripes that have nothing to do with the matter they're fillibustering.

    My bitch slap/throw down proposal from yesterday still stands.

  • Sally

    How does a registered lobbyist with business before the City Council and representing a sitting member of the City Council not violate any ethics laws?

  • buck juice

    jan 2 is a new day for the district of columbia. The game that are being played now are the fenty admin follies He never cared about the people of this town and this situation that is going on with this public servant is what weave been getting all along from this admin

  • John

    @buck Juice: So, on Jan 2 ethical violations become fully acceptable?

  • S.E.

    "So, on Jan 2 ethical violations become fully acceptable?"

    They have been for the past four years.

  • DCitizen

    Nickles should go after Thomas. But he should have gone after Karim, Skinner, Lomax, Moten (non-profit that full out lobbies for the Mayor, doesn't have a board of directors, no operating expenses, or funding source outside of the DC government) and others, with as much zeal and enthusiam as he has pursuing Thomas and Peebles.

    Anyone who supports this without supporting the a more thorough investigation (and settling quickly without recommended due process isn't a thorough investigation, ahem, Drez) on the others is simply a hypocrite.

  • http://www.glaaforum.org Rick Rosendall

    $500 per hour translates to approximately $1 million per year. I would be quite surprised to learn that Peter Nickles earns that much as AG. Even if Tommy Thomas should have to pay for the costs of this selective enforcement (and I say Amen to the comments about Ron Moten), which I dispute, why in the world should Nickles be entitled to make up a fee as if he were still with Covington & Burling? If Tommy is running out the clock, that is just what he should do. Peter has handled the AG position like an aggressive trial attorney, which has been useful on occasion, but the job requires more than that.

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    This man is not a very nice person to people. Hopefully, God will call him on to glory soon.

  • JJ

    Peter Nickles is just doing the bidding of the dumb mayor Adrian Fenty. Fenty needs to put this old guy to stop. The election is over Adrian. Nothing Peter does will bring back for you, Robin Eve Jasper or Sinclair Skinner, the power you lost on September 14th. Oh, I forgot the little midget Neil Albert.