The US Department of Justice Asks for Information On DC Corruption Like That Behind the Case of Ariana-Leilani

What Mayor Gray and his administration do not understand is that the more the protective parent raises concerns, the more barriers are placed in-between her and her children. Case-in-point: the ongoing case of Dr. Ariel King and her daughter, Ariana-Leilani (see attached the You Tube video for an update).

Like too many other children, Ariana-Leilani’s life has turned into a race – will justice prevail and Ariana-Leilani get the medical treatment she so desperately needs or will she end up paying the ultimate price for corruption?Sound outrageous and unbelievable?

If you were in the survivor’s shoes, what would you do? Explain all this to authorities? What happens when the authorities ARE the problem? When survivors turn to local remedies, they’re listened to UNTIL the offender’s names are revealed: Judge X, Custody Evaluator Y, Attorney Z. When the issues and concerns of the victim-survivors are ignored, marginalized or buried and business goes on as usual – or perhaps with a retaliatory spin – that’s called CORRUPTION and last I knew, corruption was a CRIME. (Last I knew too, a crime is a crime no matterwho commits it!) and THIS is what the US Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to hear about.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this family court crisis or experienced systemic corruption in a family court-related case — particularly in the District of Columbia — please check out the instructions for submitting a complaint to the DOJ here: 


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Washington DC: A Cesspool of Pornography and Prostitution by Public Servants

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In the last three days, arrests and charges of several police officers and a chief of staff on Capital Hill has shown the tip of the iceberg of the expansive network of public servants of Washington DC who create and consume child pornography and prostitution.

The latest development is a D.C. police officer has been arrested on pandering charges after allegations that he was pimping out a 16-year old runaway girl from his apartment.  Officer Linwood Barnhill Jr. was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and charged with two counts of Pandering of a Minor.   He is a 24-year-veteran.  He was recently found with a reported missing teenage girl in his apartment. The girl said she had met other women there as well, according to court documents.

In another development,  the United States Senate legal counsel’s office informed Senator Lamar Alexander that law enforcement agents were searching the home…

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World Premiere of Video Documentary “Small Cries”

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World wide premiere of the video documentary “Small Cries.”    The six minute documentary tells the story of how the “child protection” systems in the United States are failing, and how Ariana-Leilani is a victim of that failure.  This short and compelling documentary features exclusive interviews, including an interview with international expert Dr. Joyanna Silberg, who speaks of the error in judgment that many child protective services make in certain abuse and neglect cases, and Ireneo Namboka, an international human rights advocate and former UN official.   Very educational and inspiring.

Definitely a “two thumbs up” “must see” documentary.

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Who does DC AG Irvin Nathan think he works for?

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D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan’s temporary memory lapses appear to have developed into full-blown amnesia. The city’s top lawyer can’t remember who is his client: the mayor or D.C. residents. Here’s a hint for him: Remember who’s paying your salary. Unfortunately, the interests of residents have been low on Nathan’s list.

In a debate last month over the city’s tax-lien sale process, Nathan argued that delinquent homeowners should not retain equity in their homes, regardless of how little they owe the District. Last week, despite D.C. residents’ demand for a clean and honest government, he stepped in the way of a federal investigation into political corruption. Nathan declined to provide U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. documents related to a $7.5 million contract settlement reached in 2011 between D.C. Chartered Health Plan and the District government.

In 2011, Chartered was owned by Jeffrey Thompson; he’s the person who allegedly provided $653,000 to help finance an off-the-books campaign on behalf of Vincent C. Gray’s mayoral bid the year before. That “shadow” operation was critical to Gray’s win.

Thompson has not been charged with any crime. Gray (D) has claimed he did nothing wrong. Several people close to Gray or attached to his campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies and misdemeanors during the current federal investigation.

There were tons of questions about the Chartered settlement when it was reached. At one point, Thompson’s company owed the city $12 million. Then Gray arrived in the mayoral suite, and it was all hash browns and bacon. In addition to the settlement, Chartered received an overall rate increase, putting millions more onto its plate. Nathan has defended the settlement, asserting that it was “negotiated and recommended by career lawyers” in his office and “approved by the federal government.”

Ironically, Nathan has lobbied the D.C. Council during the past year to approve campaign finance reform that would reduce the amount of money a contractor could contribute to a candidate. He has argued that step could eliminate the city’s pay-to-play culture.

So, if he understands the potentially corrupting link between contractors and politicians, why all the fuss about Machen’s request?

In a letter to Machen — a copy of which Nathan’s spokesman would not provide me but was summarized in a news release — Nathan asserted that the documents requested by Machen are “the very heart of the attorney-client and work-product privileges” and “consist primarily of correspondence within [the office of the attorney general] and with our client agency concerning litigation and negotiating tactics .”

Is he more concerned with territorial prerogatives than ridding the city of fraud and abuse? Has he morphed into a version of his predecessor, who was blasted for serving as the executive’s attack dog? When Gray was chairman of the D.C. Council, he disapproved of what he perceived as former attorney general Peter Nickles’s penchant to protect then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and executive-branch agencies. Consequently, Gray and his colleagues pushed for the creation of an elected attorney general — one, they said, who would remember he works for D.C. residents.

Nathan has suggested getting the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to review the documents requested by Machen to determine whether they are privileged. Nathan’s spokesman told me that there has been no response to his proposal. He also couldn’t tell me how long such a review process might take should the judge agree.

Has Nathan taken a page from the book of Thompson’s lawyer Brendan V. Sullivan Jr., who has engaged in a variety of exquisite delaying tactics, including a request for the Supreme Court to intervene?

Truthfully, Nathan shouldn’t be anywhere near this case. Not long after Gray was elected, Sulaimon Brown alleged that he had been paid cash by Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign and promised a job if he remained in the primary race ostensibly to trash the incumbent. Upon hearing those allegations, Gray immediately called for an investigation. The city’s inspector general declined to open a probe. Nathan also took a pass, suggesting it wasn’t appropriate for him to conduct the investigation. But his office promised investigative agencies that it would provide “full and prompt access to D.C. government records, as well as to personnel with knowledge of these matters.”

If Nathan has honored that commitment, as he has claimed, why stop now? Does it have anything to do with the fact that Machen’s office has proved cash was provided to Brown, as Brown had claimed? Brown certainly secured a job — although he was fired during a larger controversy over early hiring decisions of the Gray administration.

Before his termination, however, Brown had been placed in the Department of Health Care Financing — the same agency that signed off on the settlement agreement with Thompson.

See why Machen might want to know more?

Jonetta Rose Barras

Jonetta Rose Barras’s weekly column focuses on local life, government and politics, with an emphasis on the District. With more than 20 years’ experience reporting and commenting for the Washington Examiner, Washington Times, City Paper, WAMU and other outlets, she is a familiar voice in the D.C. region.

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Vincent Gray: Heading for the Exits?

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All these friends; all those guilty pleas.

If and when U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. completes his investigation of D.C. corruption, we may learn the extent of the illegal and unethical activities that have dirtied our city’s political campaigns and sullied our public officials. The corrupting influence of money in city elections is beyond doubt. Has Vincent Gray participated in a conspiracy and lied about it?

A “yes” to either question, or both, would be, pure and simple, a deal-breaker because it would mean Gray broke the public’s trust.

It would wipe out all the good that he has done as mayor. If the answer is yes, the only race Gray should contemplate is to the nearest exit, with the hope that he can outrun the U.S. attorney.

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FBI Raids Rescue 105 Kids Forced Into Prostitution

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WASHINGTON — Authorities rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution and arrested 150 pimps and others in a three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 American cities, the FBI said Monday. The victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17.

The largest numbers of children rescued were in San Francisco, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver and New Orleans. The campaign, known as Operation Cross Country, was conducted under the FBI’s Innocence Lost initiative.

“Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across the country,” Ron Hosko, assistant director of the bureau’s criminal investigative division, told a press conference.

The FBI said the campaign has resulted in rescuing 2,700 children since 2003.

The investigations and convictions of 1,350 have led to life imprisonment for 10 pimps and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

For the past decade, the FBI has been attacking the problem in partnership with…

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Fourth of July Parade and Celebration in Palisades Section of Washington, DC

Great photos of the July 4th Parade in Palisades Section of Washington DC 2013.  Featured were Mayor Vince Gray, Mary Cheh, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells, the Bomb Squad, Bagpipers, and the Francis Scott Key Elementary School marchers.


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