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By Jayna Johns

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By Rachel Aiken, Jayna Johns, Michael McGuire and Ben Petitto

Click the thumbnail images of the reporters to venture to their personal blog stories about their experiences in Washington so far.

Rachel Aiken

Rachel Aiken

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Jayna Johns

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Michael McGuire

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By Jayna Johns

A federal judge today sentenced a former D.C. nightclub owner to 38 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $950,000 in restitution to the IRS for underreporting his annual income.

Abdul Karim Khanu, 42, of Potomac, Md., who owned DC Live, Platinum and H20, was convicted last year of tax fraud and tax evasion after skimming cash from his clubs and paying employees under the table.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she believes Khanu won’t be a repeat offender. “I think that he is sincere that this conviction has definitely made an impression on him,” she said. “This is definitely a good first step.”

But, she said, she felt she needed to send him to prison. (more…)

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By Jayna Johns

Two appellate court judges voiced skepticism today about claims by four people who say the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) intentionally hired a man who pretended to be a lawyer to represent them in immigration, job discrimination and divorce proceedings.

Judges David B. Sentelle and A. Raymond Randolph repeatedly pressed attorney David Yerushalmi to prove his assertion that CAIR, a non-profit civil rights organization, engaged in racketeering and conspired to cover up its hiring of a fake lawyer to represent Muslim-Americans who needed legal help.

“Why would an employer have a conspiracy to hire someone who was not an attorney?” asked Sentelle, who is chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. (more…)

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