Tag: catherine pugh

Pugh attorneys seek 1 year, 1 day in prison for ‘Healthy Holly’ scandal, citing personal toll of case

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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh exits the United States District Court in Baltimore on Nov. 21, 2019, after pleading guilty to four counts — one each of conspiracy and fraud and two counts of tax evasion. (Ian Round/Capital News Service).

Attorneys for former Mayor Catherine Pugh are asking for a sentence of one year and one day in prison–nearly three years fewer than the sentence U.S. prosecutors are seeking.

In a sentencing memorandum Friday, Pugh’s attorneys asked for leniency in sentencing the former mayor for her crimes, based on her having already and continuing to suffer damage to her reputation, emotional distress, and economic loss due to the fraudulent behavior tied to sales and donations related to her “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.

“Ms. Pugh’s fall from grace, public humiliation, and front-page national disgrace are powerful and significant punishments,” her attorneys wrote. “She has already paid an extraordinary price for her conduct. As a result of her actions, she has lost everything that she has and everything she worked toward. She will be saddled with forfeiture and restitution orders that will hamper her financially for the remaining years of her life. She will lose her house and everything that she owns.”

Baltimore City Council asks Pugh to resign; mayor says she intends to return

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Photo via Baltimore City Council website

Two days after Mayor Catherine Pugh said she is planning a comeback even as her self-dealing children’s book scandal has ballooned, all members of the Baltimore City Council have called on her to resign.

Pugh says despite initial opposition, she won’t ask Hogan to veto state GTTF commission bill

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Gun Trace Task Force members (top row L-R) Thomas Allers, Momudo Gondo, Maurice Ward and Marcus Taylor, and (bottom row L-R) Jemell Rayam, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl and Wayne Jenkins. Images via the Baltimore Police Department.

Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday said her initial opposition to a state commission investigating the Gun Trace Task Force was that it would be “duplicative” of efforts by federal prosecutors and the city’s own police monitoring team, but she would not ask Gov. Larry Hogan to veto the legislation.

Pratt Library Announces Expanded Hours

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Photo by Smash the Iron Cage

All branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will extend hours and remain open six days a week, CEO Heidi Daniel announced today. And rather than open on a staggered schedule, libraries across the city will all open at 10 a.m.

NBC is Making a Show about a Black Female Mayor in Baltimore

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The real office of NBC’s fictional mayor.

All fiction is based in some reality, right?

Pugh Joins Leaders on Climate Change: ‘We Are Still In’

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Coastal flooding is expected to increase due to climate change making Inner Harbor flooding more commonplace.

After President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement last week, 248 mayors signed onto a pledge to stay with their greening efforts. In that case, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was not a signee (though she did release a statement over the weekend). However, Pugh is among the signatories of a new document.

Pugh Aide Pleads Guilty to Making Illegal Campaign Contributions

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Gary Brown Jr.

An employee in Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office will be on probation for the next year after making illegal campaign contributions.

Feds and Baltimore Agree on Police Reform Before Trump Takes Office

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With President Barack Obama’s term set to expire next week, Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice were facing a deadline to reach a deal on police reform in the city before Trump takes office. On Wednesday, word came that they have a deal.

2016: The Best in Baltimore and Maryland Political News

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Given that 2016 was an election year, we knew we had a storm of political news coming toward Baltimore City and across Maryland. But even with our eyes on big potential changes in City Hall, the U.S. Capitol and the White House, many of us were still taken aback by the political zoo that was let loose in 2016. With that in mind, here are our picks for the top political stories of this past year.

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