According to an
article in the Capital Gazette
, a former Anne Arundel County
(MD) county executive, who was convicted early this year of a
misdemeanor for misconduct in office, wants to run for office again,
despite the judge ordering, as part of the criminal penalty, that he
not be permitted to run for office for five years.
The former official's arguments in an appeal to the conviction, solely regarding the ban on
his running for office, are (1) that the language in the criminal
provision was overly vague, preventing him from knowing that he was
committing a crime, and (2) that the
court lacked the authority to ban him from running for public
Baltimore Sun commentary this week by iSolon.org's president, J.
, notes that
many elected officials, including the county executive's predecessor,
have their security detail do personal and political work for
them, and are never prosecuted. He also explains that, due to a
debilitating back operation, the county executive was forced to
depend on those around him in unusual ways, such as changing his
urinary catheter bag.
But the problems go well beyond these, and are much more general in nature.