BALTIMORE - An attorney for state Senate candidate Julius Henson has filed paperwork to appeal his conviction for violation of probation.
Representatives of the Henson campaign pointed to an opinion issued Wednesday by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in the criminal misconduct case of former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold .
The judge who convicted Leopold of two counts of misconduct last year also prohibited Leopold from running for office during his five-year probation. When he appealed his conviction, Leopold also sought permission to run for office.
Appellate judges said it’s not up to the trial courts to determine who can run for office, though they upheld Leopold's conviction.
Henson, who was convicted of election fraud in 2012 in connection with a robocall that went out on Election Night two years earlier, announced his run for Senate this year. Last month, a Circuit Court judge ruled Henson’s campaign violated his probation . Henson vowed to run anyway.
His attorney, Russell A. Neverdon, expects the appeal to be heard during the court's September term.