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Appeal hearing for John Leopold set for January

An appeals court has chosen January to hear the challenge by former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold to his convictions for criminal misconduct in office.

The 70-year-old Pasadena Republican was found guilty in January of having public employees do his political and personal tasks, including draining a urinary catheter bag he used after back surgery in 2010, and he resigned from office. His sentence included a month in jail, a month of home detention and 400 hours of community service.

Court officials said Tuesday that no exact date in January was scheduled yet for the Court of Special Appeals to hear the case.

Throughout his bench trial before Judge Dennis M. Sweeney in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Leopold's attorneys maintained that their client's actions did not amount to crimes, but that he sought help from county employees because he was enduring debilitating back pain and surgery during his 2010 re-election campaign.

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