POLL: Who Should Pay Legal Fees for County Exec?
Patch wants to know whether you think taxpayers should pay more than $20,000 for County Executive John Leopold's defense against his discrimination lawsuit.
Attorneys are busy working on a defense strategy for Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold—and taxpayers are the ones paying the legal bills, according to a report from WBFF FOX45.
Patch previously reported that Leopold and the county are currently facing potentially costly litigation involving former employees accusing the county executive of official misconduct and gender discrimination.
According to WBFF FOX45, Leopold's private attorneys for the federal discrimination lawsuit cost up to $450 an hour and the bill is already more than $20,000 for two weeks of work.
The Anne Arundel County Council has discussed Leopold's situation. Patch reported that Councilman Jamie Benoit (D-4th District) said Leopold's court case has become a distraction for the county and has subjected it to "hundreds of thousands of dollars" of potential liability.
"If the matter is settled or Mr. Leopold is adjudged liable, given the gravity of the alleged conduct, Mr. Leopold should foot the bill. Period," he said.
Patch wants to know what you think: Who should pay the legal fees for the county executive? Tell us in the comments.