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Opening Statements Expected Today In Leopold Trial

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Opening statements are scheduled to start today in the trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold.

Leopold waived his right to a jury trial yesterday in his misconduct case, and instead will allow Judge Dennis Sweeney to decide his guilt or innocence. Judge Sweeney, who presided over the trial of former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon that led to her leaving office, granted Leopold's request, 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.

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