Local Government

County Chief Executive in Maryland Sued For Allegedly Creating "Enemies" List

Is accused of collecting information illegally on citizens who oppose him.

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Eleven people and the state ACLU sued Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold on Wednesday, contending that the county illegally compiled files about citizens on Leopold's alleged "enemies list," then refused to release the information collected.

The civil complaint alleges that Leopold, his office and the county Police Department broke two provisions of Maryland's public records laws, first by creating the files and then by not turning them over to people who suspected they were targets.