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County Executive's Trial Postponed Until 2013

A judge ruled Thursday that the case against John R. Leopold, originally scheduled for next month, will not be heard until next year.

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.

Ron Bateman August 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Mr. Smith, Your article incorrectly identifies Mr. Leopold's security detail as the "sheriff's employees". This is absolutely wrong. The security detail were employees of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. I would like the article to be change and I want a full retraction of this statement. Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman
D. Frank Smith (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
It has been updated. Thank you for the update.
Ronald August 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Let's just remember: 'Innocent until proven guilty'. Let him do the job he ws elected to do without this as a distraction.
Joseph August 03, 2012 at 08:16 AM
I believe tis man- any one for that matter- should get a fair trial and is innocent until that happens. But..... The sequence of events, the charges, Teare's resignation even as The State closes the investigationon him (turning him into a state's witeness I am sure` a good tactic) all of the incidents have turned Anne Arundle County Government into a twisted, perverted, sad yet laughable joke. It has become no better than P.G. County, D.C, or.........hey wait- looks like MANY of local governments are corrupt. LOL Time for term limits!!!!!!!!!
Carol B August 04, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I'm sorry. Looking to the next county to the south as an example, I think any county official indicted for malfeasance of any kind ought to be automatically suspended from active duty (the way police officers involved in questionable incidents are) so that they can't persist in, cover up, or otherwise expand their illicit activities. This is not John Q. Public, whose actions hurt only himself and the people closest to him; this is someone who held the public trust, a trust that there is evidence he has violated. Jack Johnson's wife brazenly insisted on staying in office until she was proven guilty: if they don't have the decency to step down when formal charges are filed, they should be removed forcibly.
Amy Leahy August 07, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Joseph we do have term limits in Anne Arundel County. And Leopold's actions are his own and should NOT reflect on the many dedicated employees and other elected officials we have.

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