Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold's trial begins today
6:18 AM, Jan 16, 2013
6:20 AM, Jan 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The trial for Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold begins today. He's facing misconduct in office charges.
His trial, at the Circuit Courthouse is set to begin Wednesday morning with jury selection.
Leopold is facing charges of
misconduct in office for allegedly using his police detail for personal and political reasons.
The indictment handed up by the state prosecutor accuses the county executive of using county police officers assigned to his detail to run errands, conceal an affair, and stand watch while he had sex in county parking lots.
The indictment also alleges Leopold had the officers drive him around so he could remove campaign signs of his 2010 challenger, who he narrowly defeated.
He's also accused of using an officer to change a urine bag he needed after back surgery required him to have a catheter.
Leopold has denied the charge and remained in office while under indictment.
If convicted, he could face up to 5 years in prison.