Trials and Arbitration

Meet the former Maryland prosecutor who pursued Sheila Dixon, Linda Tripp — and Dallas Dance

Meet the former Maryland prosecutor who pursued Sheila Dixon, Linda Tripp — and Dallas Dance

When former Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance pleaded guilty to perjury last month in a Towson courtroom, two of the more attentive observers in the hushed public gallery were Thomas “Mike” McDonough and his wife, Donna.

As Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt recited the facts of the case against Dance, no one in the courtroom knew the details better than McDonough — the 65-year-old deputy state prosecutor who spearheaded the yearlong investigation but had retired a week earlier.

And few in attendance harbored more conflicting emotions than his wife: The retired county school teacher brimmed with pride to see her husband’s efforts come to fruition and...

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