Case Continued

Posted February 4, 2008 at 6:45pm

Michael Gorbey, the man accused of carrying a loaded shotgun and other weapons near the Capitol last month, must try to work out differences with his attorney before a judge will consider letting him switch attorneys or represent himself in court.

[IMGCAP(1)]In D.C. Superior Court on Monday, Gorbey told Judge Gregory Jackson that public defender Elizabeth Mullin had not represented him properly because she failed to give him certain court documents he had requested and did not ask the right questions in court.

Jackson urged Gorbey to settle his issues with Mullin, whom he called a “competent attorney.”

Jackson also continued a scheduled status hearing until Feb. 14.

Capitol Police officers arrested Gorbey on Jan. 18 after spotting him carrying the shotgun near the Capitol. Gorbey also was found to have other weapons, according to police. Officials shut down several Capitol Hill streets for several hours that day while investigating a pickup truck “associated” with Gorbey. More weapons were found, but no explosives.

Gorbey has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains in jail until his trial.

Reaching Out. The United States Telecom Association is extending its reach with Democrats by adding Marc Gonzales to its lobbying team. Gonzales, who joins the group after leaving the Air Transport Association, once worked as chief of staff to Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas).

— Elizabeth Brotherton and Tory Newmyer