DC Superior Court Judge Denies Attorney General’s Emergency Request

DC Superior Court Judge Denies Attorney General’s Emergency Request for Team Thomas Information, Questions Whether Investigation Is Politically Motivated

Washington, DC-Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. today called DC Superior Court Judge Bruce D. Beaudin’s November 2 election day decision refusing the attorney general’s request for immediate access to Team Thomas records a victory. At the hearing on the matter, Judge Beaudin questioned the timing of the attorney general’s request and whether it was politically motivated.

“We refuse to be bullied by the attorney general,” said Frederick D. Cooke, Thomas’ attorney and a former Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia. The Office of the Attorney General had sought to enforce a subpoena demanding information about Team Thomas by October 29, 2010. Team Thomas is a not-for-profit corporation founded by Councilmember Thomas in 2000, well-before he sworn into office as the Ward 5 representative on the Council.

“As I have stated before, I believe our citizens have every right to full disclosure,” said Thomas. “My representatives are currently compiling a report of Team Thomas activities, which will be publicly released to ensure openness and transparency.” An example of Team Thomas endeavors is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GKJu6NVi0Y. Further questions should be directed to Frederick D. Cooke of Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris, and Cooke, who can be reached at 202-861-0870.

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