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LIVE BLOG: The Leopold Trial – Day 5

| January 25, 2013, 08:45 AM | 2 Comments

Today is the fifth day of testimony in 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.

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 and @annapolisscott.

Please read our recap of opening day , day 2,  day 3, and day 4 as well as our live blog from the second , third , and fourth day. (Note: there is no live blog from the first day, we installed the software after the first day).

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John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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  1. Raejean says:

    But he wasn’t a married man in the privacy of his home. He was being sexually serviced in public by an employee and using other employees as lookouts. Was the prosecution there to point this out?

    With regard to the campaign sign question, if he had police protection 24/7, I guess he was CE 24/7. If he wasn’t, then he was a private citizen trespassing and destroying other people’s property.

    I’m am so disappointed in the conduct of this case. I wonder why they brought the indictments to begin with and went through the entire expensive and lengthy process if they weren’t going to give it their all. So many potential witnesses who could have put this together tidily weren’t called,.

    Don’t know what to think. I think I can only draw solace that, whatever the outcome, no one will doubt his private character now.

  2. John Frenaye says:

    The acquittal was (IMHO) very technical in that as the 24/7 CE he is entitled to transportation, but his actions were as a private citizen. Similar instance if he were to go on a legitimate dinner date and walk out on the tab. While his officers were there (and in that case they should arrest him but play along here) he was a provate citizen having dinner. It is up to the restaurant to bring charges as it was not misconduct in office. Conti perhaps, should have pressed charges, but I suspect she woudl have a hard time proving it and it woudl have cost her a ton of money to do so.

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