Sun coverage: Leopold indictment and trial


Anne Arundel County Executive has been charged with using his taxpayer-funded police detail for political gain

Judge dismisses case against county, and Leopold, in 'dossier' lawsuit

Judge dismisses case against county, and Leopold, in 'dossier' lawsuit

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled Friday against the ACLU and several individuals who alleged former County Executive John R. Leopold and the police kept files on them in violation of public information laws.  More...

Former Anne Arundel executive Leopold performing service hours at food bank

John Leopold performs community service hours at food bank

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is doing his court-ordered community service hours at Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank in Crownsville, following his release from jail on convictions for misconduct in office.  More...

Leopold sentenced to jail, $100,000 fine

John Leopold sentenced to 30 days in jail, $100,000 fine

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold was led out of a courtroom Thursday with his wrists handcuffed behind his back and his head lowered, bound for the county jail after being sentenced for his misconduct in office conviction and behavior a judge condemned as "outrageous."  More...

Prosecutors not seeking jail time for John Leopold

Prosecutors not seeking jail time for John Leopold

Saying John R. Leopold committed "an arrogant abuse of power" by ordering police and other government workers to perform personal and political chores for him, prosecutors are asking a judge to fine the former Anne Arundel County executive $100,000 and sentence him to five years probation and 500 hours of community service.  More...

Leopold criminal trial draws ears of those with civil cases against him

Leopold criminal trial draws ears of those with civil cases against him

As Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold sat through his criminal misconduct trial, behind him sat people hoping the testimony and guilty verdict could bolster their pending civil cases.  More...

King of Arundel, deposed

King of Arundel, deposed

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold treated the county government as his personal fiefdom, and he acted as if those paid by the public were his servants. He ordered them to engage in activity to further his political career, to facilitate his liaisons and to take on the demeaning task of changing his urinary catheter bag. That makes him a terrible boss and a bad public servant. Judge Dennis Sweeney ruled Tuesday that it also makes him a criminal. His decision in this case sets an important and wise precedent in the state's vague public corruption law and offers the promise that Anne Arundel County can put this tawdry episode behind it.  More...

Arundel County Council pushes ouster of Leopold

Arundel County Council pushes ouster of Leopold

Despite a warning from the county attorney that the move was premature, the Anne Arundel County Council pressed ahead Wednesday with a plan to remove County Executive John R. Leopold from office for criminal misconduct.  More...

Leopold defense rests; closing arguments set for Tuesday

Leopold defense rests; closing arguments set for Tuesday

Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney denied Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's request for acquittal on all charges in his misconduct trial, clearing the way for closing arguments Tuesday.  More...

Leopold not guilty on one misconduct count

Leopold not guilty on one misconduct count

A circuit judge found John R. Leopold not guilty Friday of one count of misconduct in office, a partial victory for the embattled Anne Arundel County executive as his trial continued on other charges.  More...

Defense in Leopold trial expected to present case Friday

Defense in Leopold trial expected to present case Friday

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's defense attorneys will begin making their case Friday, arguing that his alleged use of county staff for personal errands and political gain does not amount to a crime.  More...

Detail officer says Leopold removed opponent's campaign signs

Detail officer says Leopold removed opponent's campaign signs

An Anne Arundel County police sergeant told a judge Wednesday that he drove County Executive John R. Leopold on a predawn tour of Pasadena and Glen Burnie, with Leopold directing him to spots where the county executive uprooted his opponent's campaign signs.  More...

Arundel police corporal says, 'You don't tell Mr. Leopold no'

Arundel police corporal says, 'You don't tell Mr. Leopold no'

An Anne Arundel County police corporal told a judge Tuesday that County Executive John R. Leopold told him to watch a cash box at a political fundraiser, to plant campaign signs for him, and to compile a dossier on his 2010 challenger.  More...

Police corporal, scheduler say they planted signs for Leopold

Police corporal, scheduler say they planted signs for Leopold

Crying as she testified, a former scheduler for Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold told a judge Friday that she emptied her boss' urinary catheter bag several times during the workday and went along with planting signs for his 2010 re-election campaign because she feared for her job.  More...

Leopold chooses trial by judge in complex misconduct case

Leopold chooses trial by judge in complex misconduct case

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has waived his right to a jury in his criminal misconduct trial, clearing the way for attorneys to make opening statements Friday in a case that now will be heard by a single judge.  More...

Leopold waives right to jury trial; judge will decide case

Leopold waives right to jury trial; judge will decide case

Attorneys likely will begin laying out their cases before week's end in the criminal trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, who is accused of using taxpayer-funded police officers for his personal and political benefit.  More...

Defense for Leopold argues to subpoena information from prosecutors

Defense for Leopold argues to subpoena information from prosecutors

The defense team for Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is fighting prosecutors' move to block it from obtaining documents it claims would show the "same conduct" as that in criminal charges against Leopold has not been prosecuted before, showing inconsistencies in when charges are filed.  More...

Anne Arundel Executive John Leopold stands trial this week

Anne Arundel Executive John Leopold stands trial this week

For nearly a year since John R. Leopold was charged with using his taxpayer-funded police detail to arrange sexual liaisons and defeat his political adversaries, the Anne Arundel County executive has said little in public about the allegations.  More...

Anne Arundel school officials, Leopold at odds again

Tensions between Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold and the school system over funding have been well documented, but Leopold's recent comments at a meeting with residents appear to have further strained the already contentious relationship.  More...

Leopold attorney bills taxpayers almost $21K for two weeks

Leopold attorney bills taxpayers almost $21K for two weeks

Anne Arundel County hired a private, $450-an-hour lawyer to defend County Executive John R. Leopold in a discrimination lawsuit, ringing up a $20,743 bill to taxpayers within two weeks and raising questions about whether the embattled politician should pay the growing tab.  More...

Leopold workers threaten suit over spying, harassment claims

Leopold workers threaten suit over spying, harassment claims

Three of County Executive John R. Leopold's top aides have threatened to sue a co-worker for libel after she accused them of sexual harassment, spying and destroying documents.  More...

Leopold accused of destroying documents, deploying spies

Leopold accused of destroying documents, deploying spies

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold and his administration are facing new accusations they destroyed documents, deployed spies to detect disloyalty and attempted to conceal misconduct in an office beset by sexual harassment.  More...

Arundel councilmen pitch bills on employee legal settlements

Arundel councilmen pitch bills on employee legal settlements

Anne Arundel County employees whose deliberate behavior leads to legal settlements or judgments against the county could be ordered to cut a check for the damages under a bill to be introduced Monday before the County Council.  More...

Arundel police chief stepping down amid controversy

Arundel police chief stepping down amid controversy

Embattled Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare Sr. agreed to retire next month, ending the criminal investigation of his role in the misconduct case against his boss, County Executive John R. Leopold.  More...

Leopold documents don't answer questions, ACLU says

Leopold documents don't answer questions, ACLU says

Anne Arundel County police released hundreds of documents this week regarding media inquiries on topics as broad as gang investigations, cold cases and school shootings, but none of those are any use to the group looking into allegations against County Executive John R. Leopold, ACLU officials said.  More...

Pictures: John R. Leopold indictment: a who's who

Pictures: John R. Leopold indictment: a who's who

Enemies, attorneys, Anne Arundel officials: the figures revolving around the John R. Leopold scandal  More...

Anne Arundel county executive sued on sex discrimination claim

Anne Arundel county executive sued on sex discrimination claim

A former Anne Arundel County employee filed a $2.5 million lawsuit Friday against embattled County Executive John R. Leopold, alleging that he discriminated against female employees, pressured workers to make campaign donations and retaliated against those he viewed as disloyal.  More...

ACLU renews calls for Arundel County Council to investigate Leopold

ACLU renews calls for Arundel County Council to investigate Leopold

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland renewed calls Thursday for the Anne Arundel County Council to investigate embattled County Executive John R. Leopold after revelations that a police database containing criminal records may have been illegally accessed at his behest to research political opponents.  More...

Files on Leopold's political foes include information from police database

Files on Leopold's political foes include information from police database

The Anne Arundel County Police Department acknowledged Wednesday that a statewide police criminal records database was accessed in order for County Executive John R. Leopold to investigate political opponents.  More...

Protesters in downtown Annapolis call for Leopold ouster

Protesters in downtown Annapolis call for Leopold ouster

Protesters held signs reading "Leopold must go!" "Spying un-American" and "Resign now" outside Anne Arundel County government headquarters Monday, criticizing an embattled county executive who faces allegations that he used his county police detail to investigate political opponents.  More...

Leopold hopes his record can help him overcome scandal

Leopold hopes his record can help him overcome scandal

Sitting at a table in a school cafeteria in Severna Park, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold didn't look like a politician under siege as he spoke to residents for hours on a recent evening.  More...

ACLU seeks files Leopold allegedly kept on political rivals

ACLU seeks files Leopold allegedly kept on political rivals

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has pressed Anne Arundel County officials to help determine whether County Executive John R. Leopold violated a state anti-spying law by allegedly directing his security detail to investigate political opponents.  More...

Arundel police union calls on Leopold, Teare to step down

Anne Arundel County's largest police union called Tuesday night on County Executive John R. Leopold and Police Chief James Teare Sr. to resign in the wake of the indictment of Leopold, who is accused of using his police security detail for campaign and personal tasks.  More...

County Council, unions urge police chief to talk about what he knew in Leopold indictment

County Council, unions urge police chief to talk about what he knew in Leopold indictment

Three days after the Anne Arundel County executive was charged in an indictment with using his security detail to promote his re-election and to arrange sexual rendezvous, pressure mounted Monday for Police Chief James E. Teare Sr., to publicly address the issue.  More...

Leopold indicted on charges of using police detail for political gain

Leopold indicted on charges of using police detail for political gain

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has been charged with using his taxpayer-funded police detail to help secure his re-election, run personal errands, keep his affair with a county employee private and drive him to frequent sexual rendezvous, according to an indictment handed down Friday by a grand jury.  More...

Document: John R. Leopold indictment

Document: John R. Leopold indictment

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Leopold indictment further clouds Arundel political scene

Leopold indictment further clouds Arundel political scene

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold was smiling and upbeat Saturday after eating at a diner in his hometown, part of a county he has led for more than five years and where he now faces the political and legal fight of his career.  More...

Photos: John Leopold indictment

Photos: John Leopold indictment

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold was indicted and charged with multiple counts of misconduct in office, based on allegations that he used his county-paid police security detail for his own political gain and for transportation to engage in sex acts.  More...

Anne Arundel Co. police chief subpoenaed in Leopold probe

Anne Arundel Co. police chief subpoenaed in Leopold probe

The Anne Arundel County police chief appeared Thursday before a grand jury investigating whether County Executive John R. Leopold misused government resources, sources said.  More...

Recent public schedules from Leopold contain less detail

Recent public schedules from Leopold contain less detail

When Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold turned over his schedules from 2006 through early 2011 in response to a subpoena from the state prosecutor's office, the calendar entries spanned some 52,000 pages.  More...

Arundel executive Leopold weighing run for statewide office

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold said Friday what has long been rumored in local political circles: He's considering a run for governor or comptroller in 2014.  More...

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