Defense for Leopold argues to subpoena information from prosecutors

Jury selection for Anne Arundel executive's trial to begin Wednesday

January 15, 2013|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

The defense team for Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is fighting prosecutors' move to block it from obtaining documents it claims would show the "same conduct" as that in criminal charges against Leopold has not been prosecuted before, showing inconsistencies in when charges are filed.

The remarks come in a court filing this week in a dispute between the Office of the State Prosecutor and the defense. The defense wants material it argues goes to the heart of legal issues it is raising in the trial scheduled to begin Wednesday with jury selection. Leopold is fighting a five-count indictment alleging that he used his taxpayer-funded security detail for personal errands and political gain.

The Office of the State Prosecutor this month asked a judge to throw out two defense subpoenas relating to other investigations, contending the information is irrelevant, inadmissible and confidential.

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