Marion Barry was first elected the Mayor of Washington DC in 1978, and began his tenure on January 2, 1979. On January 18, 1990, Barry was videotaped by FBI agents freebasing crack cocaine. After his arrest, and throughout his trial, which concluded in August 1990, he continued to serve as Mayor, although he did not stand for re-election (which was scheduled for November of that year).
Convicted of one count of possession of cocaine, he served six months in a minimum security facility for the crime. In 1994, now out of prison, he was elected Mayor again, and served a fourth four year term from 1995 to 1999.
He does not like to be compared to Rob Ford.
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