The situation is reminiscent of what happened after former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was convicted of stealing gift cards her office collected to give to poor children. She, too, vowed to stay in office until the sentencing, and possibly beyond. The only thing that got her to resign was the prosecutor's promise that she could, in exchange, maintain her $83,000 a year pension. Something similar happened in Prince George's County, where former Councilwoman Leslie Johnson initially refused to step down after she pleaded guilty in the pay-to-play scandal centered on her husband, former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson. And in Anne Arundel County, former Councilman Daryl Jones sought to stay in office even as he went to federal prison for tax evasion.