Loose Lips

Judge to Jim Graham: You’re on Your Own, Jimbo

D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge Anthony Epstein told Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham this morning he'll be on his own next week when the D.C. Council votes on whether to reprimand Graham and strip him of oversight of the city's alcoholic beverage board.

Graham wanted Epstein to order the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to withdraw its findings from a few weeks ago that was critical of Graham's behavior regarding two public contracts. Graham's lawyers argued that the ethics board's findings were unconstitutional and were prompting the D.C. Council to punish him unfairly.

Epstein backed away from those arguments like they were soggy turds and said he had no "conceivable authority" to tell councilmembers what they should consider when voting whether to punish Graham. After the hearing, Graham's lawyer, Caroline Mehta, acknowledged that the temporary restraining order gambit had been a long shot, but said the point in filing it was to send a message to the ethics board and the public at large that the board's findings are bunk. Message received?

File photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • http://twitter.com/monkeyrotica monkeyrotica

    The only way Grahamzilla can clear his "good name" is to have it legally changed to Fartzilla OGoatse-McButtpoo.

  • MetoDC

    This case had nothing to it, but yesterday Ms. Mehta and her co-counsel were confidently predicting victory. But all they have managed to do is draw greater attention to the already issued report which they somehow wanted to make magically disappear. Oops.

    Nice reporting. Bad lawyering.

    Respectfully submitted,

    MetoDC

  • Ward One Resident

    So they knew it was a long shot and really just wanted to send a message to the Council so they waste court resources. Nice. Stay classy Jimbo.

  • Alf

    Remember that Graham hired the same defense team that represented accused rapist (and ex World Bank chief) Dominique Strauss Kahn. That team tried to portray DSK as a poor, maligned public servant.

  • Taurus

    Desperate Queens call for desperate measures. Graham knows it is over. The whole, sordid mess that is his career of criminality is over.

    Its too bad too. Had he been a real leader instead of a fear and self loathing driven megalomaniac he would be a hero. Instead he is less than pond scum.

  • Wish I Could Write

    Where are all the Graham supporters and defenders?

    You attached your names to his campaigns. All of you ANC commissioners and civic and business leaders listed on his campaign materials and website. What say you?

    Why won't you step up and stand with Graham now that he needs you to defend his good name?

  • Truth hurts

    Rumor has it Loza will be his character witness.

  • OG/OLD TIMER

    I Think You Can Write.

    And I agree with you wholeheartedly.
    I like Graham and I wish him well.
    It's Nickles they should be hounding.

    Graham has done an awful lot for a lot of people.
    He had never tried to hide his demons, he openly discusses them with people who are far less fortunate than he has been.

    Too bad we might be the only ones to come to his defense now that he needs that.

    HANG TUFF JIM DANDY. KEEP WEARING THAT BOW TIE AND THAT MISCHIEVOUS SMILE. EVEN IF THEY BRING YOU DOWN AND TRY TO PUT YOU AWAY, YOU HAVE SOME STREET CREDS THAT WILL GO A LONG WAY IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE. ASK MARION BARRY.

  • southeast lady

    It is time for Graham to go. He should not be allowed to hide behind his sacred cow image anymore--gender, colored, whatever.

    He has fed at the trough too long. Leave now boyfriend or get booted out.

    He is a teflon politician, but teflon is soooo yesterday.

  • Typical DC BS

    Amazing to see some people still back Graham. No wonder voters are mostly morons - we keep electing fiscal and ethical midgets like Graham. Time to unite behind one candidate and clean out this pond scum.

  • NE John

    Who is this Elmer Fudd character anyway? This guy is creepy old school stuff, and the kind that is not good.

  • Crae

    He tried to stand in the way of reform for DC's wretched taxi system too. Started out as a good influence, has to go now.

  • nowaitadaminit

    So, Typical DC BS: 'Voters are mostly morons'? Are you stating the majority of those who select elected officials in the US are morons? In a democratic society, the majority vote wins (except when the chicannery you call for takes over: you know, 2000? That, however, kept the pond scum in office).

    What the heck are you talking about? Do you have any idea of what not having those 'moronic' voters would mean?

    Are those you want to unite to 'clean out the pond scum' voters or jack-booted thugs?

    Do you consider yourself Atypical DC BS??? Do you even live here? If so, how long?

  • Typical DC BS

    Nowaitadaminit: Guess you crammed your church lady hat on too tight, it must be impeding your brain flow to that peanut you call a brain. Been here since 1989. I assume you are a "native" DC citizen and consider the DC Council antics okey dokey, right? Look in your mirror pond scum - people LIKE YOU vote in Graham, Thomas, Barry and the rest of the ethically challenged MORONS.

  • truth hurts

    Typical DC BS: It's best to ignore you know who. He/she is an obsessive cyber stalker using at least 6 different screen names. Stalkers thrive when their targets react. They shrivel up and die when ignored.

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