Today is the seventh (and likely last) day of the trial of Anne Arundel County Executive, John R. Leopold, who was indicted in March on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation. The indictment alleged that Leopold used his executive security detail for personal and political gain. He has pleaded not guilty. Leopold has opted to be tried by retired Judge Dennis M. Sweeney, a retired Howard County Circuit Court Judge. Sweeney also presided over the trial of former Baltimore Mayor, Sheila Dixon. On Friday, Sweeney acquitted Leopold on one of the misconduct accounts. Yesterday, the defense rested their case and today will be the closing arguments and (as expected) the verdict.
This is a live blog and commentary will be updated as it happens in the courtroom. There is no need to refresh the page. The trial will get underway at 9:00am.
This live blog (and future ones) will be factually correct; however, it will be presented casually as commentary with heavy doses of opinion, humor, and even a little bit of snark. For traditional reporting of the trial, we recommend that you check out the stories from Allison Bourg of the Capital Gazette and Anna Staver of the Annapolis Patch.
You are on Twitter…right? If not you should be. Please follow us (and others) on Twitter. The hashtag for the trial is #leopold. Other media representatives covering the trial are also tweeting and you might as well follow them too. @abourg_capital, @annapolispatch, @melserwbal, @johnaaromwtop, @annyswapo, @amaxsmith, @jlepolastewart, @cherylconner, @andsiegel, @bsimms11 and @annapolisscott.
Please read our recap of opening day , day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, and day 6; as well as our live blog from the second , third , fourth, fifth day and sixth day. (Note: there is no live blog from the first day, we installed the software after the first day).
Note: there may be a delay in the first post due to a previous commitment in the morning.