D.C. Councilman Jim Graham lawsuit hearing scrapped by judge

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A D.C. Superior Court judge scrapped a hearing planned for Friday in Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham's lawsuit against the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability after the two sides reached an agreement on the case's schedule.

Lawyers for Graham and the ethics board were due to appear before Judge Anthony Epstein on Friday morning, but Epstein on Thursday approved a joint motion on the schedule for future proceedings. The next hearing is now slated for May 24.

Graham sued the ethics board last month after it issued a critical opinion about his conduct in 2008 surrounding the District's $38 million lottery contract. Graham contends that because the ethics board did not conduct a formal investigation and allow him to present his case, it broke its own rules.

The D.C. Council used the opinion, along with the reports of two other investigations, to reprimand Graham, who was found to have offered to trade his vote on the lottery contract in exchange for a developer dropping out of the running for a project on land owned by Metro.

At the time of the 2008 conversation, Graham was serving as a member of the D.C. Council and Metro's board. He has denied wrongdoing.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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Alan Blinder

Staff Reporter, D.C. City Hall
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