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Leopold appeal of misconduct conviction to be heard Feb. 5

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold will have the appeal of his misconduct convictions heard by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Feb. 5.

Leopold, a Republican, was convicted in January of two counts of misconduct in office related to directing county employees to carry out personal tasks. He resigned from office, served 30 days in jail and performed community service. He was replaced as county executive by Laura Neuman.

Leopold is seeking to have his convictions overturned, arguing the charge of misconduct is vague and that his actions didn't amount to criminal behavior.

Leopold also is asking the court to strike down a provision of his sentence that bars him from running for public office while he is on probation. His probation is for five years.

The deadline to file to run for office during the 2014 election is Feb. 25.

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