ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland wants to know more about allegations that Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold told county police to keep dossiers on his political opponents.

The ACLU said Wednesday it is concerned that Leopold’s alleged actions would violate a 2009 law barring that kind of surveillance.

As a result, the ACLU is joining Carl Snowden, director of Civil Rights for the Maryland Attorney General, in requesting an
investigation by the Anne Arundel County Council. Snowden is one of the people Leopold allegedly asked county police to keep a dossier on, because he viewed him as a political challenger.

Leopold was indicted last week on charges of misconduct in office relating to how he used his security detail. Leopold said he
will fight the charges.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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