Prosecutors in the coming criminal trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold are asking that a judge throw out two defense subpoenas, saying one is for confidential information and the other for "inadmissible, irrelevant evidence."
The Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor contends that one defense subpoena would include reports the office made to the Attorney General's Office since 2008 that are confidential, according to the court filing.
The other, according to the motion, is for emails between its office and Queen Anne's County prosecutors about decisions made in an investigation involving campaign signs in 2010. The Office of the State Prosecutor argues in its motion that the defense wants it to "show prosecutorial decisions that were made in a case similar to but unrelated and distinguishable from" Leopold's.
The indictment against Leopold includes an allegation that with his police protection detail driving him, Leopold tore down an opponent's campaign signs. The motions come a week before the trial in which Leopold faces five charges, including four of misconduct in office.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun