- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2009

BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys will deliver their opening statements at the trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

Dixon, Democrat, is accused of stealing gift cards donated for needy families and would be removed from office if convicted. A jury of nine women and three men will decide her fate.

Her attorneys have said little about their strategy, but they could argue that Dixon mixed up the donated gift cards with other cards. Prosecutors must prove she intentionally stole them.

Attorneys are expected to argue several motions before jurors arrive to hear opening statements on Thursday. Among the motions is a bid by Dixon’s lawyers to block evidence that a previously unnamed developer donated gift cards to her office. Dixon is not charged with stealing gift cards from the developer, Glenn Charlow

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