Former D.C. AG scores weak transparency, accountability in D.C. prosecutions, calls on Congress for reform

In a sharp attack on a longstanding limit of the home rule powers of the District of Columbia, former D.C. Attorney General Irving Nathan has called for local prosecution of serious crimes.

The 1973 law allowing some local autonomy for the District also kept some matters out of the hands of the new elected legislature, including changing anything about the longstanding prosecution duties of the U.S. Attorney here.

Nathan, also former counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives and now an attorney at the Arnold & Porter law firm, writing in The Washington Post, compared the “grossly mishandled criminal investigation” of former D.C. Mayor Vince Gray to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Continue…