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Review says Jim Graham, Washington,D.C. Coucilmember, formerly on Metro board, committed 'clear violation' of Metro standards of conduct in land deal

5:46 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced its findings of an independent investigation involving a bad real estate deal.

It accuses former WMATA board member and current Council Member Jim Graham of ethics violations.

It alleges Graham would support a developer on a project as city council member if it pulled out of a Metro development project on 7th and Florida Avenue. Graham was a sitting WMATA board member at the time between 2008-2010.

WMATA retained a law firm (Cadwalader, Wichersham and Taft) to conduct a four-month long independent investigation.
WMATA board members say they now will strengthen its code of ethics.

Attorney Bradley Bondi "Whether it was to benefit the city or Metro there was a clear violation of standards of ethics."

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