D.C.

Marion Barry censured, stripped of committee chairmanship

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The D.C. Council votes Tuesday to censure Marion Barry 9-4, stripping him of his committee chairmanship.

He was censured for accepting $6,800 in cash from two city contractors.

Barry was chairman of its Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs.
Barry objected to the punishment mostly on procedural grounds, arguing that the council did not have the authority to take away his committee chairmanship. But he also said he was ready to get past the controversy.

It was the second time in less than the four years that the council censured Barry and took away his committee. The earlier punishment was for helping a former girlfriend get a $15,000 city contract.

Barry, a 77-year-old Democrat, served four terms as District of Columbia mayor. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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