By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun
8:49 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
Anne Arundel County officials on Monday issued a statement denying what they said were "allegations" that former county executive John R. Leopold was receiving special treatment in the county jail, where he is incarcerated for misconduct in office.
County Executive Laura Neuman said in a press release that Leopold, 70, who was been jailed since Thursday, was not afforded treatment and accommodations beyond what other inmates can have.
"John Leopold has been treated in the same custodial manner as his fellow inmates and has not received preferential treatment," she said.
Terry Kokolis, superintendent of detention facilities, said in the release that Leopold "has burdened staff with multiple special requests and needs that have not and will not be provided." Among the requests have been Cheerios, bananas and orange juice for breakfast, the release stated.
Leopold was sentenced last Thursday by Judge Dennis Sweeney to 30 days in jail and another 30 on house arrest. Sweeney said at the sentencing that he had spoken with jail officials to ensure that Leopold's health issues could be accommodated. Leopold's sentence also includes a five years on probation, 400 hours of community service and a fine of either $100,00 to the state or $75,000 to the county.
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