Former Councilman Asks Court to Reinstate Him
Former Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones is asking the state’s highest court to return him to office.
Ousted Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones petitioned Maryland's Court of Appeals to give him back his District 1 seat on Monday.
"I am pleased the court has taken the matter up," Jones said. "I am sure they will render a decision that is devoid of politics."
Jones pleaded guilty in August 2011 to one misdemeanor count of failure to file a tax return. The plea was part of a deal with Maryland's U.S. attorney's office, which discovered that Jones owed more than $100,000 in back taxes from 2002 to 2006.
In January, the County Council removed Jones from office a few days before he started serving a five-month sentence in a federal prison in South Carolina, saying his incarceration violated the county charter's residency requirement.
Jones sued, but a Circuit Court judge sided with Anne Arundel County. Jones then appealed the decision.
Severn resident Peter Smith (D-District 1) replaced Jones on the County Council.
The case centered around three main themes: How the County Charter defines residency, whether Jones was legally removed from office and whether Jones can legally ask for reinstatement.
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