The trial for County Executive John R. Leopold will begin in September.
Retired Howard County Judge Dennis Sweeney issued the date for trial on Sept. 4 this week, according to WBAL-TV. The judge also struck down an attempt by Leopold's attorney to dismiss the case, according to The Capital.
Leopold was indicted on five counts by a state grand jury in March, including and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary.
The investigation into Leopold's activities has made headlines throughout the year.
, but did not answer most questions posed to him about his alleged involvement in the charges against Leopold. Instead, in a follow-up meeting, .
The ACLU became interested in the case, and filed public information requests to gather its own information. In June, the agency issued a release stating that , so-called political enemies of Leopold.
The County Council has also taken actions to change the rules that govern public officials in the county. if the executive were convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude, or malfeasance in office.