Barry's Release Expected Friday

WASHINGTON -- D.C. Councilman Marion Barry is expected to be released from Howard University Hospital Friday, one week after he received a new kidney.

The former District mayor is doing well, doctors said.

Friends have volunteered to help Barry continue recuperating at home.
Kim Dickens, the longtime friend who donated the kidney, has already been released.

After federal prosecutors asked a judge to put Barry in jail for failure to file his 2007 taxes on time, the former mayor said his medical condition distracted him from his taxpayer duties. Barry has been ordered to appear in court April 2 on his repeated delinquency filing his income taxes.

In a motion filed in federal court, prosecutors said the former mayor didn't file his taxes in 2007, violating his probation for previous tax offenses. It was the eighth time in nine years he failed to file on time.

Barry was given three years of probation in 2006 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for failing to file his tax returns from 1999 to 2004. Two years ago, prosecutors sought to have that probation revoked after Barry failed to file his 2005 taxes on time. A judge refused, saying prosecutors didn't prove Barry willfully or intentionally failed to file on time.

Last week, Barry finally filed his 2007 tax return.

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