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Jack Johnson speaks to the press after his arrest in November.
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Jack Johnson speaks to the press after his arrest in November.

ORIGINAL POST: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson is scheduled to be re-arraigned today. The hearing could mean that Johnson has reached a plea deal with prosecutors on a number of federal charges, including bribery and extortion.

Johnson is expected to be in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt at noon today for the re-arraignment. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office confirmed the re-arraignment but refused to give further details. A re-arraignment often signifies that a defendant intends to plead guilty.

Johnson was indicted in February on charges of extortion, bribery, witness and evidence tampering and conspiracy. Included in his charging documents were transcripts of tapped phone calls in which Johnson instructed his wife to dispose of a check and cash in their home.

Johnson has pleaded not guilty and vowed to fight the charges.

The indictment charges Johnson with accepting cash, campaign contributions and other gifts in exchange for helping developers secure millions of dollars in federal grant money.

His wife, Leslie, a member of the Prince George's County Council, also faces charges in the case. On the day she and her husband were arrested in November, she was found with $79,600 in her underwear.

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