DC High Court Says Mayor Can Oust Embattled Top Judge

By Stephanie Russell-Kraft (March 18, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT) -- Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray can fire the city's top administrative law judge in the wake of an ethics case alleging she facilitated a $43,300 city contract awarded to the husband of the agency's general counsel, Washington's highest court ruled Friday.

Responding to the trial court's injunction last week blocking Mayor Gray from taking any action against Judge Mary Oates Walker, a three-judge panel for the appeals court said a pending case before D.C.'s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability doesn't prevent the mayor from firing the judge.

Judge Walker, the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings' top judge and ex-partner...

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