Jeff Thompson

Get ready for a Friday document dump. Months after prosecutors closed the investigation into Vince Gray‘s 2010 mayoral campaign without charging him, a federal judge ordered Friday that 18 different court files related to the campaign and shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson must be unsealed.

Judge Beryl A. Howell‘s order responds to a February court motion filed by the Washington Post seeking access to the previously sealed files. The files’ court numbers suggest that they relate to search warrants filed between 2012, the year Thompson’s home and office were raided, and 2015.

Their release could explain why the U.S. Attorney’s Office gave Thompson such a generous plea deal (just six months house arrest) but failed to charge Gray. Prosecutors have until Friday to suggest redactions before the files are opened on April 15, less than two months before Gray will face off against Yvette Alexander in the Ward 7 D.C. Council primary.

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