ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold says he should be allowed to run for public office while on probation.

Leopold’s lawyer, Bruce Marcus, filed a brief this week with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals saying that condition of Leopold’s sentence should be stricken.

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Leopold resigned his post in February after being convicted of two misdemeanor counts of criminal misconduct. He served 30 days a jail, paid a fine and performed community service.

Leopold appealed his case when he was sentenced, and the Court of Special Appeals is scheduled to hear his appeal in January.

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The Capital of Annapolis reports that in the 90-page brief, Marcus argued that the judge infringed on the powers of the county and the state in barring Leopold from running for office.

Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://capitalgazette.com

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