Friday, March 10, 2006

Skating without benefit of skates or ice

This is a follow on to a previous post.
Barry sentenced to three years of probation

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation and ordered to pay almost $250,000 in delinquent taxes and interest for failing to file federal and city returns in 2000.

"I take full responsibility," said Mr. Barry, 70. "There's no excuse and no reasons that anybody could give why anyone would not pay."[Ed. - And yet, he didn't]

Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Mr. Barry also acknowledged failing to file returns in 1999 and from 2001 to 2004. [Ed. - That is, knowing and purposeful chronic tax evasion]

Mr. Barry was unsure about how much he earned during that time but did not challenge federal prosecutors' claim he made more than $534,000.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson declined to impose jail time or additional fines on Mr. Barry, saying that repaying such a sum is burdensome enough. [Ed. – Interesting judicial concept: abiding by the tax laws is a burden for someone who passes tax laws and draws a salary from the levied taxes]

The hearing yesterday was originally scheduled for last month but was postponed because Mr. Barry waited until the day before to file his returns. He further confounded prosecutors by waiting until early this week to contact the IRS about repaying his taxes, a condition of his probation.

"While this was technically within the terms of the agreement ... we had understood that this would be done much earlier," said James Cooper, an assistant U.S. attorney. "Frankly, given the lack of vigor Mr. Barry has demonstrated ... we're not confident that Mr. Barry will make a good-faith effort." [Ed. – Ya, think?!!]

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