Judge refuses to reduce Del. Don Dwyer’s sentence


Capital Gazette:

Del. Don Dwyer must complete his 60-day jail sentence for a drunken boating accident and a drunken driving arrest.

Circuit Court Judge Emory Plitt denied a request for a modification of Dwyer’s sentence filed last month by his lawyer, David Fischer.

“We respect the judge’s decision, but we are nevertheless disappointed that the jail sentence is staying as is,” Fischer said.


Plitt ordered Dwyer to serve the sentences consecutively on weekends. He began serving his jail time in November, and should complete it in late May.

The sentence will require Dwyer, R-Pasadena, to report to the Ordnance Road Correctional Center Fridays during the upcoming General Assembly session.

House GOP Leader Nic Kipke recently called on Dwyer to resign. Kipke’s remarks echoed the sentiments of Baltimore County Republican Central Committee chairman John Fiastro, who wrote a resolution for the Maryland GOP’s fall convention calling for incarcerated officials to step aside. After being amended, thatresolution ultimately died at the convention.

Kipke and Speaker Michael Busch told the Capital Gazette last week they support changing state law so incarcerated legislators can no longer remain in office.

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