Leopold's Trial Set for Sept. 4
Retired Howard County Judge Dennis Sweeney issued the date for the county executive's trial.
The trial for County Executive John R. Leopold will begin in September.
Retired Howard County Judge Dennis Sweeney issued the date for trial on Sept. 4 this week, according to WBAL-TV. The judge also struck down an attempt by Leopold's attorney to dismiss the case, according to The Capital.
Leopold was indicted on five counts by a state grand jury in March, including four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.
The investigation into Leopold's activities has made headlines throughout the year.
Police Chief James Teare Sr. was subpoenaed before the Anne Arundel County Council in March, but did not answer most questions posed to him about his alleged involvement in the charges against Leopold. Instead, in a follow-up meeting, Deputy Police Chief Lt. Col. Emerson Davis criticized the department as dysfunctional.
The ACLU became interested in the case, and filed public information requests to gather its own information. In June, the agency issued a release stating that county employees working under Leopold illegally used state and federal databases to gather information for dossiers on three county residents, so-called political enemies of Leopold.
The County Council has also taken actions to change the rules that govern public officials in the county. A proposed change to the charter would provide grounds for ouster from office if the executive were convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude, or malfeasance in office.