Leopold Waives Right to Jury Trial
The Anne Arundel County Executive will let a judge decide whether he's guilty of misconduct in office.
Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold—who is accused of tasking county police officers with his 2010 campaign errands—has waived his right to a jury trial.
He's opting instead to let Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Sweeney decide his fate in a bench trial on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.
The indictment, handed down by a grand jury in March 2012, alleges that Leopold used county police officers assigned to him as a security detail to perform a range of tasks ranging from compiling information on his political "enemies" and removing his opponent's campaign signs in 2010 to running interference between his live-in girlfriend and his mistress.
The indictment also alleges that Leopold defrauded the county by authorizing overtime pay for the officers who performed those tasks. If convicted of fraud, Leopold faces up to five years in prison.
Opening statements are set to begin on Friday morning.