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The D.C. Council has voted unanimously to censure Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, strip him of his committee chairmanship, and to refer investigate findings of wrongdoing to criminal prosecutors.

Barry spoke in his defense for nearly 20 minutes prior to the initial vote. He claimed the broke no laws; attacked the investigation conducted by well-respected lawyers Robert S. Bennett and Amy Sabrin; and decried what he saw as unfair treatment vis-a-vis his colleagues. It was a remarkable, rambling, angry, scowling performance that did nothing to convince his colleagues. No other member spoke before the unanimous vote.

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