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Political Notes: Impallaria sentenced in misconduct case, another Alsobrooks foe to meet with Prince George’s Latinos, and more

Del. Richard K. Impallaria (R-Harford). Photo by Danielle E. Gaines.

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge on Wednesday sentenced former Del. Rick Impallaria (R-Harford and Baltimore County) to probation before judgment after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to misconduct in office.

The sentence issued by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Stacy McCormack caps a year of legal troubles for the former delegate that included a related weapons charge in Baltimore County.

“It’s resolved, no conviction,” said Steven D. Silverman, Impallaria’s attorney. “That’s the goal of any person charged with a crime, to walk out the front door without a conviction. Time to move on.”

The Office of the State Prosecutor charged Impallaria in July with three counts of misconduct in office, two counts of theft and two counts of fraudulent misappropriation, all stemming from his misuse of state funds in a scheme that involved the legislature’s allowance for district office expenses, including rent.

During a search of one of Impallaria’s properties in Baltimore County, investigators found two rifles. Because of a previous battery conviction, Impallaria is prohibited from possessing firearms. Prosecutors in Baltimore County charged him with two misdemeanor weapons violations.

In January, Impallaria pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct in Anne Arundel County. McCormack at that time said she would sentence Impallaria to probation before judgement if he completed 100 hours of community service, pleaded guilty to the pending firearms charge in Baltimore County and repaid the Maryland General Assembly $44,100.

In April, Impallaria pleaded guilty in Baltimore County to one count of a misdemeanor weapons violation. He was sentenced to 18 months unsupervised probation.

The plea cleared the way for McCormack to grant Impallaria probation before judgement in the misconduct cases.

Impallaria, who lost a bid for a sixth term in last year’s Republican primary, sat silent as Silverman presented proof that his client completed 100 hours of community service. He also presented prosecutors with a check for $44,100. That  check will be turned over to the Maryland General Assembly.

As part of Impallaria’s three-year unsupervised probation sentence, McCormack ordered the ex-lawmaker to not break any additional laws.

Impallaria, who was not formally arrested last year, was also required to be processed by the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s office, including fingerprinting before going home.

State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III, Deputy State Prosecutor Sarah R. David and Assistant State Prosecutor Abigail E. Ticse all declined comment after the hearing.

Jawando to meet with Prince George’s Latinos

Montgomery County Councilmember and U.S. Senate candidate Will Jawando is scheduled to speak July 6 before a Latino organization in a neighboring jurisdiction.

Jawando will serve as guest speaker before The Latino Democrats of Prince George’s County at 5:45 p.m. at Mexico Lindo in Bladensburg.

Jawando is one of the top three Democrats seeking the nomination to replace Sen. Ben Cardin (D), who announced May 1 that he wouldn’t seek reelection next year.

As for the Latino organization, candidates know it’s a demographic voting bloc that continues to grow in Maryland. That’s why Rep. David Trone (D-6th), also a Montgomery County resident, spoke to the group earlier this month in Riverdale.

Both Jawando and Trone seek Latino votes in the majority-Black jurisdiction of a leading opponent, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who’s already received dozens of endorsements from some of the party’s top current and former elected officials.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th) could present a major challenge if he decides to seek the nomination, but he isn’t expected to announce his political plans until after July 4.

Perennial candidate Jerome Segal, a former college lecturer, plans to seek the nomination.

Anne Arundel County businessman Juan Dominguez may also enter the Democratic primary race. And a poll released earlier this month asked voters about the possibility of Baltimore Orioles chair and CEO John Angelos running in the primary.

More changes at the Port Administration 

The shake-up at the Maryland Port Administration continues. 

Christina Nichols, chief of staff at the administration, abruptly resigned Wednesday, according to an agency spokesperson. 

Nichols was the top aide to former Port Administration Executive Director William Doyle. Doyle resigned his nearly $366,000 per year job abruptly on Friday.  

Doyle’s resignation followed his involvement in a four-car accident on June 13 while driving his state-owned vehicle. Doyle was cited by Maryland State Police for failing to control his speed, tailgating, and leaving the scene of an accident. 

It is unclear if the accident and resulting citations precipitated Doyle’s departure.  

A spokesperson for the Port Administration declined to provide details of either Doyle’s or Nichols’ departure, citing personnel issues. Nichols did not respond to a message left by a reporter seeking comment.

This story has been updated with information about the Port Administration departure.  


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