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Leslie Johnson Resigns, Council Removes Her Staff, Resources

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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.

Update 12:28 p.m.Although Johnson wrote in her letter to Prince George's County Council Chair Ingrid Turner that her resignation would go into effect July 31, the council decided to strip Johnson of her staff and all other council resources effective immediately minutes after they convened this morning.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker publicly expressed his gratification that Johnson had decided to resign at this morning's council meeting. A short time later, the entire Prince George's County Council called on Johnson to resign immediately. They have stripped her of all the money she has to run her office, as well as her staff.

Johnson briefly took her seat at the dais at this morning's council meeting, but left shortly before the council voted to go into executive session, according to a report on Twitter from Washington Post reporter Miranda Spivack.

Original storyJohnson's attorney, Shawn Wright, says Johnson handed her resignation letter to Council Chair Ingrid Turner on Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press. The resignation is effective July 31, the last day before the Council recess.

Johnson admitted in federal court June 30 that she destroyed a $100,000 check from a developer to her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson, and stuffed nearly $80,000 in cash into her underwear. She faces up to a year and a half in prison when she's sentenced on Oct. 13.

At the time of her plea, Leslie Johnson seemed to indicate that she did not wish to step down from her council seat immediately. Maryland statute would have required her to resign after she was sentenced for the felony, however.

Jack Johnson also pleaded guilty to corruption charges earlier this year and faces more than a decade in prison.

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