The Washington Times - November 12, 2009, 05:00PM

 

Opening remarks in the criminal theft trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, a Democrat, delivered Thursday.

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According to The Baltimore Sun, the prosecution played a slideshow with images of receipts allegedly to have been accumulated by the Mayor after using gift cards originally intended for the needy.

Dixon’s attorneys focused their remarks on discounting upcoming testimony from Ronald H. Lopscomb, a developer who is also Dixon’s boyfriend.

 

A second trial for perjury charges against Ms.Dixon has been set for March 1. 

The New York Times reports:

“A plea deal is not likely because Ms. Dixon would be required by the Maryland Constitution to step down from office if convicted of any felony or misdemeanor related to her official duties. Ms. Dixon, a divorced mother of two, would also become ineligible for her roughly $83,000 annual pension.”

Baltimore bloggers comment:

Live Wire: Live blogging inside courtroom of Dixon theft charges trial.

Baltimore Crime:

“Will the Dixon jury hear about a third source of gift cards? And even if the gift cards weren’t stolen, should the mayor be hitting up developers for donations to her church in the first place?”

Inside Charm City: Video of Sheila Dixon ‘lashing out’ at media and aide.

“The mayor made the comments to a group of reporters and photographers who were waiting at her SUV parked outside of City Hall today. In a brief exchange she also admonished her deputy press secretary Ian Brennan for allowing photographers to surround her.

“’Ian if you don’t get these cameras away…’ Dixon said to Brennan.

“’I am not going to allow the media to control this trial, and I mean it. You better respect me, and I’m not going to answer any questions. I don’t expect these cameras in front of me. The trial starts tomorrow. It will go through its process. I don’t appreciate this.’”

Baltimore Crime: Bykowicz and Linskey on the opening of Dixon’s theft trial.

Baltimore Crime: Who’s going to pay for Dixon’s seven lawyers?

Baltimore Crime: The people on the mayor.

“A few days before Dixon’s trial, city residents weigh in on the Mayor’s legal woes. ‘We’d already be locked up.’”

Inside Charm City: NAACP seeks to ensure possible GOP governor couldn’t make appointment to fill mayoral vacancy.