As scandals continue to engulf the District of Columbia's local government, a chapter closed today in another political corruption case that shocked the region last year. Jack Johnson, the former county executive of Prince George's County, Md., was formally disbarred (PDF) this morning by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Johnson is about five months into an 87-month jail sentence after pleading guilty last May to extortion and witness tampering charges. Johnson began his career as an attorney, earning his J.D. in 1975 and serving as the county's state's attorney before he was elected county executive in 2000. Federal agents raided his home and arrested him and his wife, former Prince George's County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, on Nov. 12, 2010.
A member of the D.C. Bar since 1981, Johnson's membership was suspended in 2002 for non-payment of dues. According to a statement filed by the Office of Bar Counsel recommending disbarment, Johnson failed to notify bar counsel that he had pleaded guilty to a crime as required by bar rules. Disciplinary proceedings began in October as the criminal corruption case was proceeding against him in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.