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Nov. 18, 2013, 12:24 p.m.

Bal­timore May­or Sheila Dix­on’s (D) “polit­ic­al fu­ture” will be “in the hands of a jury” 11/9, “when her tri­al on theft charges be­gins.” Dix­on is “ac­cused of ask­ing wealthy de­veloper pals to donate gift cards worth thou­sands of dol­lars, say­ing they would be giv­en to poor fam­il­ies — then us­ing them” for “per­son­al shop­ping sprees” and “knick­knacks at Tar­get.”

Dix­on “faces a sep­ar­ate tri­al later on per­jury charges stem­ming from ac­cus­a­tions that she didn’t re­port gifts” from her ex-boy­friend, “a real es­tate de­veloper who re­ceived tax breaks from the city.” Dix­on has said she won’t resign, but “a plea deal is not an op­tion,” and “un­der state law, she can’t re­main in of­fice if con­victed of any felony or mis­de­mean­or re­lated to her of­fi­cial du­ties” (Nuck­ols, AP, 11/7).

Jury se­lec­tion be­gins 11/9, and it is “per­haps” the most im­port­ant part of the tri­al, in which “race and polit­ics will play crit­ic­al roles, out­side ob­serv­ers say.” Dix­on’s de­fense team “will want jur­ors who like their may­or and the work she has done,” and “would be wise to se­lect jur­ors from her polit­ic­al base of older black wo­men,” while the “white Re­pub­lic­an” pro­sec­utor is “apt to fa­vor those who will dis­pas­sion­ately re­view the evid­ence” (Bykow­icz, Bal­timore Sun, 11/9).

Pic­tures May Be Worth More Prob­lems

Ex-KY state Rep./‘03 KY GOV can­did­ate Steve Nunn (R), “fa­cing a murder charge in the shoot­ing” death of his ex-fi­ancee, “has been in­dicted” on “six counts of wan­ton en­dan­ger­ment” for al­legedly fir­ing “a gun near six po­lice of­ficers” be­fore his ar­rest (Es­tep, Lex­ing­ton Her­ald-Lead­er, 11/7).

Po­lice are also “track­ing” Nunn’s “di­git­al foot­prints,” spe­cific­ally “look­ing to see wheth­er Nunn kept” a “na­ked” photo of his ex-fi­ancee “on his cell phone, as wit­nesses have al­leged,” in pos­sible vi­ol­a­tion of “a do­mest­ic vi­ol­ence or­der against him.” Ac­cord­ing to an­oth­er search war­rant, po­lice “are also check­ing for child por­no­graphy on Nunn’s com­puters” (Hon­eycutt-Spears/Alessi, Lex­ing­ton Her­ald-Lead­er, 11/8).

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