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On June 9, Mayor Anthony A. Williams bailed on a speaking engagement at the annual meeting of the Council for Court Excellence, having chosen at the last minute to attend a White House conference on community policing and racial profiling. As first reported in Legal Times, frantic event organizers tapped the one person they knew wouldn’t have gotten an invite from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.: Independent Counsel Ken Starr. Starr delivered a short but “heartfelt” speech marking the end of his five years as council president, says the council’s Priscilla Skillman.

Reporting by Stephanie Mencimer, Amanda Ripley, Michael Schaffer, Elissa Silverman, and Erik Wemple.

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