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Former Executive Jack Johnson Maintains His Innocence

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Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his attorney, Billy Martin, answer questions outside the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md., following his arraignment.
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Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his attorney, Billy Martin, answer questions outside the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md., following his arraignment.

Federal investigators worked for more than six years gathering evidence against the former county executive. Much of that evidence according to prosecutors is contained in recordings from federal wiretaps, such as the one agents recorded on November 12, 2010 of Johnson allegedly receiving a bribe from a developer.

Johnson says he’s not guilty and will aggressively contest the charges against him.

"So I’m going to fight. I have nothing left to do but to re-acquire my name and all of my professional life," he says. "Thirty years of providing services to the citizens of this county and then to learn that in the last three months that I have somehow been doing something wrong…I’m just flabbergasted."

Federal prosecutors say they’ll turn over additional wiretap evidence next week. Meanwhile, Johnson has requested a trial by jury, but no trial date has been set.

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