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Leslie Johnson May Keep Serving On County Council, For Now

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Leslie Johnson will resign from her seat on the Prince George's County Council effective July 31.
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Leslie Johnson will resign from her seat on the Prince George's County Council effective July 31.

After apologizing for what she called one mistake in a life of public service Leslie Johnson gave no indication she would resign.

"I look forward to continuing to serve and making a positive difference," she says.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 13, and Maryland law doesn't require Johnson to leave office until she is sentenced.

Council chair Ingrid Turner says that once Johnson resigns a special election will be held, according to a statement released June 30. But that statement did not acknowledge that an avowed felon will now vote on county council business and draw a county paycheck.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says it was Leslie Johnson's idea to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet and hide bribe money.

"It was Leslie Johnson who first asked the question, 'what about the cash? What about the cash in the bedroom?'" Rosenstein said during a press conference after Johnson's guilty plea Thursday.

Rosenstein wants Johnson to serve between12 and 18 months in prison.

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