"If he did these things, then shame on him," he said. But he shouldn't be thrown out of office."

Jurmu's wife said she felt sorry for Leopold.

"It's sad," said Audrey Jurmu, a retired schoolteacher. "He should have known better. But he wasn't doing anything different from a lot of people in government."

But Bob Burnopp said Leopold should have held himself to a higher standard.

"None of us is perfect," the retired account executive said. "But elected officials are in the public trust. They should set an example."

John Wilkins recalled watching Leopold wave to passing motorists on Route 100 "like he was a man of the people."

"He turned out to be anything but," the Lake Shore man said.

Wilkins said he voted for Leopold twice.

"I wouldn't do it again," he said.

At the Panera Bread on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, few people seemed to know the full details of the trial, but everyone had an opinion.

"He deserved it. He seems to have abused his power," said Arvey Jones of Severn. "He had people doing things that were way outside the scope of their jobs."

"He had it coming. I just wonder what took them so long," added Linda Brown of Annapolis.

"I met the man. He came to my house and shook my hand when he was running for office. He seemed like a decent guy," said Gus McGlannan of Brooklyn Park. "I have no idea why he got into that stuff. Politics is terrible."

Baltimore Sun Reporter Jonathan Pitts contributed to this story.





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