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Gray to be Deposed Today on Lotto Contract Case

Today will be a rough one for Mayor Vince Gray. Jeanne Harris is expected to plead guilty to campaign fraud and conspiracy. Court records will likely provide more details about what she did, setting off a fresh new round of questions about what exactly went on during Gray's 2010 mayoral run and what exactly did he know about it.

But before that, Gray is set to be deposed in an ongoing civil lawsuit related to the messy D.C. Lottery contract. Eric Payne, a former contracting officer with the Chief Financial Officer's office, is suing the city over allegations that he was improperly fired for resisting undue political pressure in awarding the lotto contract. The FBI has recently shown interest in the lotto case.

When Payne deposed his old boss, CFO Nat Gandhi, it didn't go so well. Gandhi admitted to using private emails to do city business (a no-no) and said he didn't make the decision to fire Payne, a statement he recently contradicted. Maybe the mayor will have better luck. A federal judge ruled that Gray can't be asked general questions about the "review of the lottery contract," but can only be asked questions specific to Payne's employment and termination. Gray has always maintained that he did nothing improper related to the lotto contract.

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham was also recently ordered to give a deposition in that case.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Dumb

    Gosh, I sure hope they arrest Graham and throw away the key. She is lower then pond scum!

  • KeepInItReal

    Graham is the one with dirty hands in the lotto fiasco.

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  • http://petworthies.com LMQ

    Your click link said "Mayor Gray to be deposed", and I thought it was the first definition of the word and almost danced in my cubicle. The other shoe will drop soon enough. I hate waiting.

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  • noodlez

    NOTHING NEW HERE!

    SEWERMAN'S LAME PLAY ON WORDS IS NOTHING MORE THAN PREMATURE EJACULATION. THE ARTICLE'S TITLE AND LEDE LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED ON THE BACK END OF WHICH THERE ISN'T ANY.

    MAYOR GRAY WILL PRETTY MUCH ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT HE HAVE ALREADY ANSWERED.

    AS FOR MS. HARRIS IT IS JUST SAD AND SHE SHOULD GET SOME JAIL TIME.

    ONE CITY!

  • Wait, What?

    Don't worry, LMQ - Vince hears the footsteps getting closer... Indictment Summer 2012!

  • Mike C.

    And they want to have 2 senators in Congress??

  • Chris Christmas

    I'm opposed to corruption in general, but as a DC'er turned Chicagoan turned returned DC'er, teh contrast between there and here is dramatic, and I have to say Chicago has it right. To the victor goes the spoils, and some things a winner gets to have. Number one on that list is rewarding your supporters with contracts and access before you start dishing it out to others - especially non-city vendors.. That's not corruption, that's the way shit is supposed to work. For a politics city, DC residents are incredibly naive.

  • Typical DC BS

    Sorry, we don't want DC to be more like Chicago, which is even a step lower than Louisiana on the political scumbag culture list. Just goes to show what happens when one political party holds all the levers of power - gross corruption.

  • LifetimefriendofBarry

    Barry is glad that he isn't in the news or papers. LOL!!!

  • capitol hill

    @noodle Yeah, one city. And, you and other pathetic gray supporters/co-conspirators dont belong in it

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