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Posted at 5:22 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Leslie Johnson hearing delayed

By Maria Glod

A federal judge in Maryland has agreed to delay a scheduled hearing for Prince George's Council member Leslie Johnson (D-Mitchellville), who is charged with evidence tampering in connection with a far-reaching corruption probe.

Johnson and her husband, former Prince George's County Executive Jack B.Johnson (D), were arrested in November amid a probe of land deals.

FBI agents said in court papers that an investigation revealed that developers and others in the county had been "regularly providing things of value" to public officials in return for favors.

On Nov. 12, as FBI agents knocked on the door of the Johnsons' Mitchellville home, the couple were overheard on a wiretap plotting to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet and hide $79,000 in Leslie Johnson's bra, according to court papers.

Leslie Johnson, who had been scheduled to appear in court Feb. 16, asked for additional time to investigate the allegations. Prosecutors did not contest the delay, and a federal judge rescheduled the hearing for March 16.

Leslie Johnson, who was elected to the County Council on Nov. 2, has retained her seat. The council in December took the unusual step of barring her from sitting on any comittees, where dozens of key decisions are made. The council agreed she may attend committee meetings and vote on bills that come before the full nine-member council.

By Maria Glod  | February 10, 2011; 5:22 PM ET
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When will the developers be charged?

Posted by: FutureJumps | February 10, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

And, what about Jack B. Nimble Johnson?

Posted by: polecatx1 | February 10, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I love white corrupted PeeGeeCee cop Richard Delabrer, part of the Jack and Leslie Johnson sting of arrests.
I support the Whites and hope the developers get off and hope Jack and Leslie Johnson set it off in a jail cell SOON.

Posted by: TheresaDudleyStank | February 10, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Leslie Johnson did the honorable thing and resigned her Council seat, as most of her district wants her to--and as the entire rest of the county-does--then she'd have had the time to prepare for her hearing.

The fact that she doesn't understand how unethical it is for her to retain her council seat proves that the indictment is correct--she's ethically challenged at best, corrupt at worst. Resign, Leslie, resign!

Posted by: commonsense101 | February 10, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Orange jumpsuits are 'in'...
Just ask Lady Bra Johnson!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | February 11, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

TheresaDudleyStank. If you don't have anything good to say then don't comment at all. You sound like a RACIST. People like you makes the world sour to live in. Get a life!!!!! I would say more but out of respect for others I won't.

Posted by: UlandaDDicks | February 11, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

U land a dick ... I think she just did say what she wanted to say as did you.

Posted by: alligator10 | February 11, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

U land a dick ... I think she just did say what she wanted to say as did you.

Posted by: alligator10 | February 11, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

WOW!!!!! Alligator!!!!!!!! I thought my last name was Dicks. Look where your mind is..... THIRSTY!!!!!!! already!!!!dang!!!!!

Posted by: UlandaDDicks | February 11, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

And expect another delay. As I predicetd in an earlier post on this issue, the plan is to stretch this out as long as possible, so other more pressing issues will gain the public's attention. Then a quiet plea bargain to a lessor charge (with a recommendation of no prison time) and then things will be back to normal in Ole Prince George's County.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | February 11, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Leslie & Jack Johnson you are a disgrace. No matter what the outcome, you have finally been exposed for the crooks you are. All the while setting in judgement of others, you and many of your colleagues were doing worse. What hypocrites and scumbags!

Posted by: honkytonky1 | February 11, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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