Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 30, 2009

Marion Barry Owes $277k in Back Taxes; Government Seeks Revocation of His Probation

In a scathing pretrial memorandum, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor alleges that former D.C. Mayor (and current D.C. Council member) Marion Barry owes more than $277,000 in unpaid federal taxes, penalties, and interest. In addition, the memorandum alleges that Barry did not file his 2007 tax return until February 17, 2009, four months after the due date (with the automatic four-month extension), and it showed additional taxes owed of $6,512.  The U.S. Attorney is seeking revocation of Barry's three-year probation on his guilty plea to failing to file his federal and D.C. tax returns for 1999-2004:

The Court’s patience should be at an end. The defendant continues to flout the standards applicable to all persons who reside in the District of Columbia, who work for a living, and who pay a portion of their income to support his salary. In addition, the defendant has wasted the time of this Court, the probation office, and the government by his recalcitrance to file the tax returns required of every citizen. By adding yet an eighth year to his record of willfully failing to file tax returns (while serving a federal probationary sentence for that very crime), the defendant exposes his unworthiness to reap the benefits of a lenient sanction.

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Are there any Cabinet positions left for him? He sounds qualified.

Posted by: Steve | Mar 30, 2009 5:39:11 PM

"The only thing this does is make Barry a shoe-in to become DC's first congressman."

Or be nominated by Obama for a cabinet position.

Posted by: louisianalightning | Mar 30, 2009 9:47:32 AM

Republicans have been afraid to "question the patriotism of Democrats" for quite some time, but now that Biden has defined paying taxes as patriotic, a little questioning seems to be in order. How many Democrats have lapsed a bit in their patriotic duty? Aside from the Secretary of the Treasury, Charlie Rangel, and Marion Barry, I mean...

Posted by: Scott W. Somerville | Mar 30, 2009 9:43:06 AM

Appoint him to a cabinet seat. Then he will pay his taxes.

Posted by: Nathan | Mar 30, 2009 9:15:59 AM

Word is, Obama's tapping him to replace Geithner.

Posted by: Grimmy | Mar 30, 2009 8:32:54 AM

The only thing this does is make Barry a shoe-in to become DC's first congressman.

Posted by: Elroy Jetson | Mar 30, 2009 7:25:24 AM

B*tch set him up...

Posted by: Flame War | Mar 30, 2009 7:16:51 AM