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Md. AG office leader pursuing Leopold lawsuit

Sunday - 4/22/2012, 12:14am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The director of the Maryland Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights of will take a sabbatical from his position in order to pursue a lawsuit against Anne Arundel County and County Executive John Leopold.

An attorney for Carl Snowden announced Snowden's decision to take a sabbatical.

Leopold was indicted last month on charges of misconduct in office relating to how he used his security detail, including allegations that he told police to keep dossiers on political enemies, including Snowden.

Snowden's lawyer, Cary Hansel, says Snowden intends to pursue a lawsuit under laws that permit residents harmed by government officials to seek compensation. Hansel said Saturday he intends to wait a week or two before actually filing the lawsuit. A letter he sent offers to settle for $20 million.

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