01/03/2012 06:00 pm ET

D.C. Councilmember Loses Bid To Seal Student Loan Judgment

Marking the end of a more than five-year legal battle over $5,000 in unpaid student loans, attorneys for the U.S. government and District of Columbia Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) filed the final judgment against Thomas this afternoon in Washington federal court.

According to the judgment (PDF) - which Thomas unsuccessfully tried to keep under seal - the councilmember will pay $17,277 in unpaid student loans and other fees. He agreed to pay monthly installments of $494.

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