Marion Barry, DC Council member and former four-term Mayor, has been sentenced to three years probation for failure to pay taxes from 1999 to 2004.
Barry, 70, tested positive for coc aine and marijuana in a drug test ordered by the court last fall. Tax returns, filed last month, show that he
owes in excess of $240,000 plus interest and late fees. While admitting fault, his stated defense was that he is broke and cares too much about others
to take care of his own financial well being.
D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) this morning was sentenced to three years probation for misdemeanor charges of failing
to pay federal and local taxes.
Barry, who tested positive for coc aine and marijuana use in a court-ordered drug test last fall, will also have to submit to further drug
testing, or treatment, if ordered to do so by the probation office, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson said.
According to tax returns Barry filed last month, he owes as much as $246,000 in taxes, plus interest and penalties, prosecutors said. But Barry said
he will soon file amended returns, with more deductions, that will decrease the amount somewhat. He must then negotiate with federal and D.C.
authorities to decide how much he will pay, and how quickly.
Prosecutors say Barry earned more than $530,000 during the six years in which no returns were filed. But Barry's attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr.,
said in court that despite that income, Barry was broke and "almost paralyzed by the embarrassment of being without the means to pay his taxes."
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Since we, in the US, are currently well into the 2005 tax season, I found this to be an extremely relevant story.
Marion Barry, D.C. Council member, former four-term Mayor and convicted felon, earned an average income in excess of $85,000 a year over the six year
period, yet he is broke with no means to pay his taxes
. Not only did he fail to pay his taxes, he failed to even file returns for six years.
The result of said actions is a mere three years probation and payment of the $240,000+ in outstanding taxes, interest and late payment fees. Due to
his documented drug use, and recent positive test results, he may
have to undergo additional treatment and testing throughout the probationary
In my opinion, this man has skirted true justice more times than a cat has lives. Looking back over his much publicized political career, his
subsequent felony conviction resulting from the Candid Camera sting operation, and now the conviction for nonpayment of taxes, one has to wonder. Had
he been a typical John/Jane Doe his current view of the world would most definitely be from behind the bars of a correctional facility, but not so for
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