UPDATE (1:45 p.m.)—Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold will have to wait at least two months longer for his trial, after a court filing was approved Thursday.
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner approved postponing Leopold's trial between two months, and possibly up to 2013, so that his defense has more time to prepare, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Leopold was for four counts of misconduct and one count of financial malfeasance.
The Baltimore Sun reported that in court on Thursday, Leopold's attorney Bruce Marcus argued that the defense was looking into the conduct of other officials in Maryland, particularly how they handle security.
Leopold's private security team, composed of employees with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, to dig up information on so-called political enemies.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has conducted its own investigation, and in June .
The Anne Arundel County Council has been debating amendments to the county charter—the document that governs how the county operates—over the summer. One of the proposed charter amendments, set to be voted on Monday, would provide the if they are convicted of a felony.
County Councilman Jamie Benoit (D-3rd District), of Crownsville, told Patch that he wasn't surprised by Thursday's turn of events. Criminal cases are typically delayed in favor of the defense for 60 to 90 days, but Benoit said it shouldn't push the trial back too far.
"It doesn't cause me much concern," Benoit said.
Benoit added that he has several "significant" changes prepared for the charter amendment proposed for Monday night, but declined to comment on the specifics of them.
In March, for his involvement with Leopold. When he arrived for questioning, Teare deferred most questions in light of the pending trial. Four months later, , and the state prosecutor's office simultaneously announced into Teare.
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CORRECTION: An earlier edition of this article incorrectly identified Leopold's security team as sheriff's employees. However, they are employed with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Patch regrets the error.