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Johnson back at work in Pr. Geoge's County Executive office

By Miranda S. Spivack

Three days after Jack B. Johnson was arrested on charges of evidence tampering and destroying evidence, the Prince George's County executive was back at his office in Upper Marlboro.

He was in his office Monday morning "to do the work the people had elected him to do," spokesman Jim Keary said Johnson told a group of reporters. Keary also said Johnson had received numerous calls expressing support, and said he would "remain strong and faithful."

Johnson,61, and his wife, 58-year-old Leslie Johnson, were arrested Friday as part of the federal probe of political corruption in Prince George's. According to an FBI affidavit, the Johnsons were overheard on a writetap plotting how to rid themselves of a potentially incriminating $100,000 check from a developer and hide cash totalling $79,600. They could each face 20 years if convicted.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | November 15, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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He may be back at work but he better be thinking about when he'll be joining Rep. William Jerrerson. Money in the fridge, money in the bra, it all pays the same. Time.

Posted by: tojo45 | November 15, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

William Jefferson that is.

Posted by: tojo45 | November 15, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"He was in his office Monday morning "to do the work the people had elected him to do," spokesman Jim Keary said Johnson told a group of reporters. "

More like he was in his office to do the work that developers had paid him under the table to do.

Posted by: ahashburn | November 15, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Johnson back to work, that's a laugh. Anhylne doing business in PG had better hang onto their wallets and checkbooks.

Posted by: VikingRider | November 15, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

If there's a way to do it, this fraudster needs to be impeached quickly and removed from office.

Any halfway honorable man would resign.

No way he should be taking up space in Upper Marlboro.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | November 15, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

So many records to destroy, witnesses with whom to tamper; so little time.

Posted by: confounded | November 15, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"Any halfway honorable man would resign."

Halfway honorable men don't take $179,000 bribes.

Posted by: JTF- | November 15, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

What a clown. Bye bye Jack.

Posted by: FLvet | November 15, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree with all previous comments. The professional thing to do is resign and allow the county to go on to repair with new leadership. My opinion is it isn't if he will serve, it is "how much time will he have to serve". The FBI do spend that much time and resources to only uncover $180,000 (80,000 in bra). The house of cards is just now beginning to fall at the second level. The first level was the warrants served on the city council reps for development fraud.

Posted by: ConcernedCit3 | November 15, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for their sons. These young men face the possiblity that they will be visiting both their parents in the big house. What shining examples these parents have been.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | November 15, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Slaves, Slaves is what Jack & Leslie become IF convicted. It is all legal under the Constitution. I was shocked to learn Slavery is still legal under the U.S. Constitution. They show proof on a site called toyota runaway org. Click on their Crime & Slavery button and scroll down to view the U.S. Constitution excerpt.

Posted by: Moley2 | November 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Jack & Leslie could end up in Hotel Do Right!! Who knows -- Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters may be close to them as well!!

Is there an honest politician out there???

Pathetic examples!

Posted by: wheeljc | November 15, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

While he should step down, he has to keep up his facade of innocence by resuming business as usual. Coming back to work after this is pretty ballsy, just like all the deals he thought he was getting away with. Now he will have to 'pay for playing' like everyone who bribed him.

Posted by: sanntay | November 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like something from "The Wire". In the words of Clay Davis, "Shiiiitttttttt"

Posted by: cmann083@yahoo.com | November 15, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

did the feebies checkout his office safe? this is one of the dumber ones.give charlie a call. it took him 50 yrs to get nailed.

Posted by: pofinpa | November 15, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I only hope the office furniture is still there when Rushern Baker shows up to start his term as County Executive.

Posted by: karlanne1 | November 15, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

yet another "Talented Tenth Treason"
--------------------------------------------

it is time to take up arms, people. vote 'em out, stomp 'em out! hold black public servants accountable to us. and stop calling them leaders.

presidents
civil rights activist
mayors
congressmen
legislators
aldermen/councilmen
preachers (especially preachers)
rappers/athletes (unfortunately)

four decades of "LEADERSHIP" must end!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: apprxam | November 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The fBI should go after prince george's county silver cab taxi taxi as well, for years they have been bribing jack johnson. STOP THE CORRAPTION IN PRINCE GEORGE'S TAXI COMPANY. Finally there is justice in prince georg's county.

Posted by: bob1978 | November 16, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

The FBI did a great job, and they should go after P.g county taxi companies as well. It so corrapted, they have been bribing jack johnson for years.

Posted by: bob1978 | November 16, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

SILVER CAB OF P.G COUNTY IT'S ALL OVER KNOW,JACK IS GOWN IN LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME WAY.

Posted by: bob1978 | November 16, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

I find it insulting that this person (I will abstain from even naming him) is going to do the work people elected him to do. As a Prince George's resident I decided not to vote for him, left my ballot blank since I refused to vote for someone who in my eyes has represented the worst the county has to offer. I am hoping that Baker cleans house - starting with the police department and ending followed by the planning department. In the meantime I sincerely hope that Johnson and his wife serve at least 10 years each and are stripped of all their assets, influence, and any possibility that may rest in their heads of running for any kind of elected office again.

Posted by: on_the_line | November 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey i saw Leslie Johnson on a Victoria's Secret commercial this morning, she was wearing an $80,000 underwire bra. come on so the guy is back to work, i actually think hes innoncent and the FBI set him up. hes smart enough not to do something that stupid. Ignore all the evidence and just go with your gut.
Marion Barry :)

Posted by: djlojak | November 17, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Jack is on tv claiming Lesley isnt really his wife! said the B**ch set him up :) oh damn this stuff is just precious!

Posted by: djlojak | November 17, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Jack is on tv claiming Lesley isnt really his wife! said the B**ch set him up :) oh damn this stuff is just precious!

Posted by: djlojak | November 17, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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