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Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold’s trial reset for January

The trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has been reset for January.

Leopold was scheduled to stand trial next month on charges of misuing his security detail for personal and political tasks. His attorneys last week asked for more time to gather information about the conduct of other Maryland politicians.

In March, Leopold was indicted on charges of misconduct for allegedly using county police officers to conduct research on his political opponents, set up sexual encounters with a subordinate and carry out menial personal errands.

His attorney, Bruce Marcus, said in court papers that Leopold is being unfairly singled out for what is routine behavior by other elected and appointed officials in Maryland.

Leopold’s trial is now set for Jan. 16, according to a court order signed last week.

Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.

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