The jury returned a guilty verdict around noon today on one of the 5 counts Mayor Dixon faced in a case in which she used gift cards donated to the City for distribution to needy families for personal items for herself, her friends and family. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Not to go too offtopic: Anyone here a fan of the HBO tv series called "The Wire"? Based in Baltimore about the drug trade, the downfall and corruption of trade unions, corruption in local Baltimore politics and the good and the bad of law enforcement there. Even touched on the crumbling of print news as a business and its effect on the credibility of what they produce.
This story is directly in the vein of the kinds of things depicted in the series.
What she did is despicable given the plight of the Citys' poor. The staute calls for 1-5 years but I agree, she most likley won't do any time. She will lose her job as soon as she is sentenced, per the state consititution. Sheila "the shoe" goes down. Sentencing probably in about 60 days. One other trial on the horizon for her though. She faces a perjury charge also. It's possible sentencing may be delayed until after this trial which won't start until after the first of the year.
I agree -- most politicians are wealthy .... actually ... scratch that -- ALL politicians are wealthy. She should be forced to march through the ghetto. Let the people she stole from serve justice. You can't get any lower than that -- wealthy stealing from poor.