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Charges Against Baltimore Mayor Dismissed

AFRO.com, News Report, Sean Yoes Posted: May 28, 2009

On Thursday, Judge Dennis Sweeney dismissed the four perjury charges and the misconduct in office charge against Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. Sweeney allowed the theft charges against the mayorconnected to several gift cardsto stand.

Sweeney also dismissed all chargesbribery, perjury and misuse of officeagainst City Councilwoman Helen Holton. Holton had no comment through her office and Mayor Dixon also declined comment.

However, the AFRO spoke with one of her attorneys Dale Kelberman.

It was four perjury charges and one misconduct in office charge that were all dismissed by Judge Sweeney, Kelberman said. Attorneys for Dixon and Holton filed a motion to dismiss the charges against their clients in April.

Were very happy with the courts ruling on that issue and we think he got it right, and well see what the State Prosecutor wants to do now going forward.

State Prosecutor Robert Rohrbaughs policy is not to comment on pending cases, but Kelberman speculated on what Rohrbaughwho has spent years and millions of dollars investigating Dixonmay do next.

He has the right to an appeal, so he might appeal the judges rulingI dont know whether hes going to do thatand so its kind of hard to tell what hes going to do, Kelberman said.

The entire case against Councilwoman Holton was also dismissed on the same grounds, and I think Judge Sweeneys opinion is pretty solid on the legal reasoning. So, were just going to have to wait and see what the State Prosecutor wants to do. The mayors case now revolves around a handful of these gift card counts, which dont amount to much in my view.

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