WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Former Pr. George's County Executive Jack Johnson Pleads Not Guilty

Play associated audio
Jack Johnson speaks to the press after his arrest in November.
David Schultz
Jack Johnson speaks to the press after his arrest in November.

Johnson plead not guilty to eight charges in all, including extortion, bribery and conspiracy.

Johnson and wife, Leslie, were arrested back in November and charged with witness and evidence tampering.

Later, Johnson spoke in defense of the charges.

"First of all, I don't even recognize the person that's being charged in these indictments," he says.

Johnson's attorney, Billy Martin, vowed to push back hard on six years of evidence collected by the feds.

"We're going to attack the wiretaps and all of the information that's been used by the FBI in this investigation," Martin says.

Government lawyers expect to turn over additional wiretap evidence next week.

No trial date has been set.

ORIGINAL POST: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson will be arraigned Tuesday on charges of federal bribery. The corruption charges include trading favors while in office.

Johnson will enter a formal plea before a federal judge this afternoon. He faces eight charges related to soliciting and taking bribes from business owners and developers.

The indictment alleges that Johnson accepted items of value -- including money, airline tickets, rounds of golf, and mortgage payments -- in return for official favors.

It also says the pay-to-play scandal lasted almost through Johnson's entire term in office.

The former county executive was busted in November when federal agents doing surveillance observed Johnson allegedly accepting $15,000 from an unnamed developer.

Johnson and his wife were also overheard on a wiretap plotting to hide more than $79,000 in cash and to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet.

NPR

#NPRreads: 4 Eye-Opening Stories To Read This Weekend

A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.
NPR

Dinner With A Side Of I Do's: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America's high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is "no," that is.
NPR

In Trump's German Ancestral Village, The Locals Are Not Impressed

"Ich bin ein Kallstadter," Donald Trump likes to say. But many of the villagers are more proud of other famous American descendants with links to Kallstadt: the Heinz family, of ketchup fame.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.