Out friends in our parent county of Anne Arundel have had an important chapter close in their long, county-wide nightmare. Judge Dennis Sweeney today sentenced former County Executive John Leopold to 60 days imprisonment-- 30 days jail, 30 days house arrest-- as well as five years' probation, 400 hours of community service, and a fine of one hundred thousand dollars.
So there's an article about, with Leopold's Leopoldian comments, here. I hope his comments that weren't quoted for the article were meaningful, because these comments were ridiculous. "Gee, sorry I ever thought about having people mess with campaign signs, and I wish I'd have thunk better than to have people empty my urine bags, and while I'm at it, getting freaky with women in the back seat of my Leopoldmobile probably wasn't a good idea either."
To think that this guy was once considered a possibly serious Republican candidate for Governor is outrageous. Then again, Maryland Republican leaders couldn't have known this guy had so many character flaws that he was so flippant about his public trust. After all, he never asked any of them to trash his urine bags.
Of course, this sentence is being appealed, so who knows if it'll be carried out. But I applaud Judge Sweeney's sentence. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.