- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon have filed a motion to dismiss the 12-count indictment against her.

Dixon is accused of stealing gift cards intended for needy families and lying about gifts from her developer boyfriend.

But her attorneys argue in a 56-page motion that the indictment is “hopelessly confused in every significant respect.”

The motion says the developers who gave gifts to Dixon were not considered to be doing business with the city under the city’s ethics code. Dixon’s lawyers say that means she wasn’t required to disclose them.

They also say prosecutors misconstrued the city’s ethics laws and couldn’t make up their minds about whether the gift cards were given to Dixon or whether she stole them.

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