Thursday, May 28, 2009

Some Charges Against Baltimore Mayor Dismissed

A judge in Baltimore today dropped some of the charges against Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and all charges against a councilwoman.

The judge agreed with a defense motion that the mayor and Councilwoman Helen Holton enjoy legislative immunity that protects them against charges for acts conducted in office.

Four perjury charges and one misconduct charge against Dixon were dismissed. Seven theft, misappropriation and misconduct charges remain against the mayor.

State Prosecutor Robert Rohrbaugh says prosecutors are leaning toward appealing the Holton matter. The mayor is accused of taking gift cards meant for needy families and failing to disclose them as gifts. Prosecutors accused Holton of taking a bribe.

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