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Anne Arundel County Executive Chooses Bench Trial in Misconduct Case

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    Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold

    Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold 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.