Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Convicted Mayor Won't Leave Office, Speak to Press

The Maryland state constitution is straightforward: "The Mayor shall, on conviction in a Court of Law, of wilful neglect of duty, or misbehavior in office, be removed from office by the Governor of the State."

But what if the Governor won't remove said mayor? And what if all of city government from the solicitor to the city council decided in a secret closed-door meeting that the definition of "conviction" was not really a finding in a court of law but instead a state "effective upon sentencing"?

Are her decisions legally binding? Can she get anything done when she could (theoretically) be sent to jail any day now? And who will be riding in the back of the convertible in the Hampden "Mayor's Christmas Parade" next Sunday?
Arnold Weiner?!


History Punk said...

Clearly, she should go, but if she gets a sentence without jail time, she'll probably muddle through to at least the next election.

Anonymous said...

O'Malley would seem to be in a tight spot. On one hand, the constitution is clear that a single conviction is all that is needed to expel her from office. On the other, the support of her political base is required for his reelection next year.

I bet he tries to find some way of putting it off until the appeal.

Anonymous said...

she's a disgrace. she's got to leave office. i wanted to be on her side because we're in the same sorority but she was totally wrong in this matter. shame on you miss dixon for embarrassing dst.

Anonymous said...

@ anon...you caused dst embarassment by even mentioning it on this site.