Amazingly, this is at least the fourth time in the last three years that something like this has happened in Maryland. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, after she was found guilty in the theft of gift cards meant for the poor, hung on to office for more than a month before agreeing to a deal with prosecutors that allowed her to keep her pension. Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones, convicted of tax evasion, wanted to hold onto his seat while in prison. The council ejected him on the grounds that he would not be living in his district during his incarceration, a move he threatened to fight in court. And Prince George's County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson tried to stay in office after she pleaded guilty in connection with her husband's pay-to-play schemes from his time as county executive — she, memorably, flushed a check down the toilet and stuffed wads of cash in her underwear while federal agents were knocking on the door.