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More than 300 to complete jury questionnaires for Leopold trial

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About 320 Anne Arundel County residents were scheduled to complete jury questionnaires Friday in preparation for the upcoming criminal trial of County Executive John R. Leopold.

Leopold, in the midst of his second term, is fighting charges that he used his taxpayer-funded police security detail to arrange sexual liaisons and to defeat political opponents. His trial on four counts of misconduct in office and fraudulent misappropriation is scheduled to begin in mid-January.

Advance questionnaires for potential jurors are typically used in high-profile, death penalty or complicated cases in which a large number of people will be called for jury duty. They help the judge and both sides narrow the jury pool so they can select 12 jurors and several alternates. In addition to the people completing the questionnaires Friday, a few more are expected to come in Monday.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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