Marion Barry's Son Ordered Held in Jail on Parole Violation

Christopher Barry considered flight risk

A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Washington, D.C., Council member Marion Barry’s son be held in jail until next week on a parole violation.

Police pulled 34-year-old Marion Christopher Barry over in southeast D.C. Wednesday night for a broken brake light, according to court documents. They learned Barry was not supposed to be driving as a condition of a prior DUI charge, News4’s Mark Segraves reported.

Police searched Barry and found him in possession of an orange plastic bag labeled “Scooby Snax,” according to court documents. An officer recognized the greenish, leafy substance with an herbal smell inside the bag to be synthetic marijuana.

The U.S. attorney called Barry a flight risk and the judge agreed, Segraves reported. The judge ordered Barry held without bond until a hearing Aug. 7.

“I love my son and I will do anything I can to help him," Council member Barry told News4. "He has not been convicted, and I believe in innocent until proven guilty. He has pled not guilty.”

Barry has had several recent brushes with the law, including an arrest in May near the White House for driving under the influence of drugs, the Associated Press reported. Also in May, he was arrested for failure to obey a police officer, according to court documents. In August 2013, Barry was charged in Virginia with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.

Barry pleaded guilty in July 2011 to possession of marijuana and PCP and received a nine-month suspended sentence. He completed his legal commitments on those charges.

Barry is the only child of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who was arrested in 1990 after he was caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine in an FBI sting. The elder Barry, who was in his third term as mayor at the time, was found guilty on a misdemeanor drug possession charge and served six months in prison.

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