Leopold hires attorney for state prosecutor probe

Republican Arundel county executive investigated over security detail

March 30, 2011|By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has hired a prominent attorney with ties to the state Democratic Party to represent him, as the state prosecutor's office investigates whether Leopold improperly used his county-funded security detail to work on his recent campaign.

Bruce L. Marcus, who is counsel for the Maryland Democratic State Central Committee and represented the Maryland Jockey Club in last year's fight over a planned slots parlor in Anne Arundel, is representing Leopold, a Republican. Marcus also represented former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat, in a federal investigation in the late 1990s, which focused on a former state senator but included inquiries into Glendening's campaign fundraising.

"I am assisting Mr. Leopold in responding to a request for information from the state prosecutor," Marcus said in a brief telephone interview Wednesday.

Through his spokesman, Leopold declined to comment.

The state prosecutor's office subpoenaed Leopold's public schedule from 2008 to the present earlier this month as part of a probe into the county executive's use of his police detail. Marcus said the information would likely be turned over to the prosecutor this week.

Additionally, three of the five officers assigned to the security detail were subpoenaed and testified before an Anne Arundel grand jury last week, the officers' lawyers confirmed.

Marcus declined to say whether Leopold had received any other subpoenas.

"These proceedings by their nature are initiated by the government," said Marcus. "The government has a process for doing it. Mr. Leopold will do what he needs to do to cooperate."

Marcus, who has more than 30 years of litigation experience, is a partner at MarcusBonsib, a Greenbelt-based firm.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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