Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s fall from power

The rise and ignominious fall of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Elizabeth Pugh. Her humiliation has unfolded in what feels like slow motion over the past year, and Thursday, Feb. 13, delivered what looks to be the penultimate chapter in this saga. Federal prosecutors, in a sentencing memorandum, requested U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentence Pugh to 57-months in prison. Pugh’s defense attorney has asked the judge to sentence the 69-year-old West Baltimore resident to a year in jail. Pugh pleaded guilty in November to four of the 11 charges she faced in federal court involving conspiracy and tax evasion stemming from her scheme to finance her political campaigns with sales of her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books. \ Pugh is slated to be sentenced on Feb. 27.

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