Former Capitol Police Budget Officer Drops Suit

Posted December 9, 2010 at 11:27am

Just months after filing suit against the Capitol Police alleging retaliation, a hostile work environment and disability-based and race-based discrimination, the department’s former budget officer Thursday voluntary dismissed her suit.

Marie Hughes Brown initiated court proceedings in July, alleging she was used as a scapegoat for the department’s financial woes.

When contacted by phone, the defendant’s lawyer, Leslie Alderman, declined to say whether the case had been settled or whether it was dismissed for other reasons.

“Unfortunately, we can’t talk about that,” he said.

A Capitol Police spokeswoman and counsel to the department in the case did not return requests for comment.

Hughes Brown officially resigned in September, according to papers filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She had been on administrative leave since February, when a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall was discovered in the department’s finances.

Hughes Brown said in court papers that she was forced into resignation after hearing Chief Phillip Morse state in Congressional testimony that he “lost faith” in her, and after counsel for the Capitol Police said during mediation that she “should have been terminated in June 2009,” according to court documents.

Hughes Brown’s case alleged that she warned then-Chief Administrative Officer Gloria Jarmon, who resigned Sept. 10, that the fiscal 2010 budget would lead to a deficit.

The dismissal comes just one day after the House passed a spending bill that included cuts to the budget of the Architect of the Capitol and other Capitol Police expenses to provide funds for the fiscal year 2011’s $14 million salary shortfall.