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Ex-isle lawmaker jailed in Maryland over misconduct

By Associated Press

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 15, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. » Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold was led in handcuffs from a courtroom to a county detention center Thursday after a judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail and 30 days of home detention for misconduct in office.

(Leopold, 70, served on the Hawaii Board of Education from 1968 to 1970 before serving eight years as a Hawaii state representative and senator, until 1978. He moved to Maryland shortly after that.)

Judge Dennis Sweeney sentenced Leopold to a two-year sentence with all but 60 days suspended for forcing members of his security detail to perform campaign work and another county employee to empty his urinary catheter bag. Sweeney also sentenced Leopold to pay a $100,000 fine to the state, or a $75,000 fine to the county, and to perform 400 hours of community service. Leopold also received five years of probation.

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