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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Jack Johnson off electronic monitoring

By Maria Glod

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson has been released from electronic monitoring as he awaits trial on charges of witness tampering and destruction of evidence.

Johnson's attorney, Billy Martin, requested the change and said in court records that his client is no longer an elected official and "needs the flexibility to meet with counsel, pursue employment opportunities, and to meet with other individuals outside of his residence."

Johnson does not present a flight risk and has surrendered his passport to the court, Martin wrote.

Johnson -- and his wife, Leslie Johnson (D), newly elected to the County Council -- were arrested in November as part of a far-reaching federal corruption probe in Prince George's County. According to court papers, the two were overheard on a wiretap plotting to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet and hide nearly $80,000 in Leslie Johnson's bra.

Federal prosecutors did not oppose Jack Johnson's request to be released from electronic monitoring, and Magistrate Judge William Connelly approved the motion. A trial date has not yet been set.

This post has been modified since it was first published.

By Maria Glod  | December 30, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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Let us all hope that Mr. Johnson is given due process of the law and if found guilty of alleged crimes, he serves the full sentence ad no plea bargains. By virtue of the alleged crimes he has damaged the County in the eyes of potential investors and citizens alike. Let us in PG show how Due Process is served.

Posted by: Stevedoro | December 30, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

There has to be more to the Johnson & Johnson case than evidence tampering. I am fairly sure they will be convicted of evidence tampering since the FBI has wiretaps of it. As such, I hope both get prosecuted to fullest extent of the law and serve at least 20 years behind bars. The saving grace is this case will be in Federal Court vs. PG where Jack and Leslie would likely be found innocent by a jury of their peers.

Posted by: neil64 | December 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Who in their right mind would hire this crooked jerk?

Posted by: mbrumble | December 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Who in their right mind would hire this crooked jerk?

Posted by: mbrumble | December 30, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Who in their right mind would hire this crooked jerk?" Apparently plenty of people in the left mind will...

Posted by: futbolclif | December 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for "Pay to Play"! I am wondering if the ex-Exec needs any Septic Tank work done. I'd be happy to volunteer in the hopes of finding any additional (albeit soggy and gross) checks.

Posted by: JTBinBrandywine | December 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

And how do we spell bribe, payoff etc in PGC. I guess the judge is planning for a really nice retirement and nice home some where war!
And jack I could use someone familiar with how to get a loan without every paying it back.

Posted by: KBlit | December 30, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I’m unsure how the electronic monitoring system works, but I’d like to know what has changed, from the Feds perspective, not Jack Johnson or Billy Martin’s perspective, since the Feds first requested electronic monitoring. Why did the Feds not oppose release, and what did they get in return?

Posted by: caffreyt | December 30, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Also, the Calendar for the US District Court in Greenbelt seems opaque. No mention of the Jack Johnson case on the website for this week. What’s up with that?

Posted by: caffreyt | December 30, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Watch this guy will get away with this, his wife will continue in the PG County Government. Certain people get a pass because of political correctness.

Posted by: Pilot1 | December 31, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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