The Capital: Ankle Deep In Alligators

Ankle Deep In Alligators

Since Washington's flamboyant Mayor Marion Barry was elected in 1978, municipal scandal has been as much a perennial in the nation's capital as cherry blossoms. Barry's ex-wife, two deputy mayors and a host of other officials have been found guilty of crimes from diversion of federal funds to fraud. Two weeks ago, as U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova wound up a 17-month undercover probe into the awarding of city contracts, a subpoena was served on the mayor ordering him to hand over two pairs of alligator shoes supposedly given to him by a contractor. Investigators also disclosed that they are seeking evidence...