04 January 2006

I want my friends to handle it

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D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry yesterday urged two young men who robbed him at gunpoint Monday night to turn themselves in to police, promising that he would urge authorities not to prosecute them.

“I have no animosities,” Barry declared. “I don’t even want you prosecuted, really. I love you. Give yourself up. Call the police.… I will do all I can to advocate non-prosecution.”…

“There is a sort of an unwritten code in Washington, among the underworld and the hustlers and these other guys, that I am their friend,” Barry (D-Ward 8) said … “I was a little hurt that this betrayal did happen.”…

Why does Barry want the robbers to turn themsevles in, if he doesn’t want them prosecuted? Wouldn’t evading arrest achieve that? Does he just want to know who they are so he can have his friends “in the underworld” and the hustlers and other guys to take care of things instead of the courts?

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