Mike DeBonis continues his coverage of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry’s probation hearing:
Barry’s probation officer, Kurt Panzer, has just recommended to the court that Barry’s probation be extended for two years. The prosecution is asking that Barry be jailed for 30 days, either on weekends or at a halfway house. Court’s in recess at the moment while the principles try to determine whether there’s a halfway house with the facilities to deal with the former mayor’s myriad health problems, which include hypertension and diabetes.
It is unusual for a probation officer’s recommendation to be at odds with that of prosecutors.
Barry’s attorney, Frederick Cooke, maintains that if any sanction must be meted out, that a one-year parole extension is appropriate.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson has hinted she may not rule today. Barry may be asked to speak after the recess.
File photograph by Darrow Montgomery