Posts Tagged ‘Ron Machen’

Vince Gray Fought the Law… and He Won?

Poll finds voters aren't sure prosecutors should bother with the mayor anymore

A Very Incomplete Look At Jeff Thompson’s Fight for His Files

As the federal investigation into the beneficiaries of admitted shadow campaigner Jeff Thompson continues, one of the hardest parts to follow has been Thompson's fight to stop the government from reviewing 23 million pages of his files.
Even after the former city contractor gave up the legal challenge to protect the documents federal agents seized from his house and accounting firm, the files related [...]

Judge: Naming Alleged Thompson Recipients Could Affect Grand Jury

A federal judge ruled that naming alleged recipients of shadow campaign mastermind Jeff Thompson's illicit help besides Mayor Vince Gray could jeopardize a grand jury investigation, according to a court order unsealed today.
In the March 10 court order made ahead of Thompson's plea hearing the same day, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that Gray, once identified just as [...]

Michael Brown Sentenced to 39 Months in Prison

Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown was sentenced Thursday to 39 months in federal prison and 24 months of supervised release for taking bribes from undercover FBI agents.
Prosecutors had sought 43 months, largely because they said Brown initially didn't tell them about the $100,000 in illegal, off-the-books help he got from the District's premier shadowy financier, Jeff Thompson, [...]

Attorney General Not Swayed by Confidential Jeff Thompson Evidence

What does U.S. Attorney Ron Machen know that District attorney general Irv Nathan doesn't? That's the question that motivated one part of the January agreement between the two to share Office of the Attorney General-held documents about a city settlement with shadow campaign mastermind Jeff Thompson's company. The evidence that Machen offered to share with four OAG officials [...]

In January Letter, D.C. Attorney General Accuses U.S. Attorney of Investigation Chicanery

Two of the District's top lawmen are at odds again. In January, District attorney general Irv Nathan and U.S. Attorney Ron Machen settled their dispute over whether Machen could review documents related to a city settlement with Vince Gray shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson's company.
A day after their agreement was signed, though, an FBI agent took an action that led Nathan to accusing Machen of going [...]

Feds Want 43 Months for High-Living Michael Brown

Michael Brown had problems. He owed $1.46 million on his mortgage, an amount that had ballooned by nearly half its original size thanks to late fees. Brown had to make countless other payments to keep up his image as a successful at-large councilmember—a golf course membership, hotel stays, fancy shopping trips, even mortgage payments for other [...]

Politically Connected Chinatown Restaurateur, Son Admit to Poorly Planned Scheme

Since opening his first Chinatown restaurant in 1986, Tony Cheng has proved himself a savvy navigator of the District's political waters. Cheng's prominence saw him involved in attempts to end a protest over a Ward 8 carryout; and he tried to find an post-mayoralty job for Marion Barry in the 1990s. So how, in the fall of 2010, [...]

Morning Links

Mayoral candidates face weather, low turnout ahead of primary. [Post, Times]
School lottery information expected to be released today. [Post]
The Vince Gray motorcade hits the streets on a rainy weekend. [LL]
Gray campaign spends $5,000 on crafty Express ad buy. [Post]
Deep-pocketed donors flock to Muriel Bowser. [Post]
Gray-backed "Muriel Not Ready" campaign releases a new video. [LL]
Gray tops the latest Mayoral Power Rankings. [LL]
Voters [...]

Gray Donor Files Ethics Complaint Against Ron Machen

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen has been investigating Vince Gray's 2010 campaign for three years, but one District lawyer thinks Machen should be the subject of an investigation of his own. In a letter to the D.C Bar's Board of Professional Responsibility today, attorney and Gray supporter Brian Lederer calls for the bar to consider sanctions against Machen.
Lederer says Machen [...]