Still Mayor Vince Gray won’t settle the federal investigation into his 2010 campaign out of court, according to a new Washington Post story that says Gray rejected a plea deal offer in September.
The single felony plea deal was presented by one of U.S. Attorney Ron Machen‘s deputies and rejected by Gray attorney Robert S. Bennett. Gray has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the Jeff Thompson shadow campaign run on his behalf.
With Gray refusing a plea, prosecutors are still interviewing the long list of Gray and Thompson associates who have pleaded guilty to their roles in Gray’s shadow campaign or similar schemes for D.C. Council candidates. On Monday, prosecutors requested that a hearing for Gray pal/shadow campaign operative Vernon Hawkins set for this week be moved to January to give more time for Hawkins to cooperate with the feds.
Despite all the pleas, though, Gray could be right not to take a deal of his own. One anonymous lawyer interviewed by the Post describes the federal evidence against Gray as weak enough to take to trial.
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