Md. County Exec. Chooses Bench Trial in Misconduct Case

ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has waived his right to a jury trial in his misconduct case and instead will allow a judge to decide his guilt or innocence.

Judge Dennis Sweeney granted the request Thursday morning and dismissed a pool of potential jurors.

Leopold is facing charges of misconduct in office for allegedly using his police detail for personal and political purposes. Among other allegations, prosecutors say the 69-year-old Republican used county police officers as security while he had sex with a county employee inside a vehicle in parking lots.

Leopold has maintained his innocence. Opening statements are scheduled for Friday.

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