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    How do we start a Gun Owners against Illegal Mayors Group

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    Dixon to resign as Baltimore mayor in ethics probe deal

    By Julie Bykowicz
    The Baltimore Sun
    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will resign next month, part of a plea deal reached Wednesday that brings a years-long corruption investigation to a close and ends the tenure of the city's first female mayor.

    Dixon, 56, will be sentenced Feb. 4. Under the terms of the agreement, in which she added a guilty plea in a perjury case to last month's jury conviction for embezzlement, she will cease leading the city that day.

    She may not hold any city or state position for at least two years. She is to perform 500 hours of community service and pay $45,000 to charity. None of her attorneys' fees can be paid with public money. If she completes her probation within four years, her criminal record will be wiped clean.

    She will probably be able to keep her $83,000 pension, which she would begin collecting the moment she steps down.

    A teary Dixon announced her resignation hours after the court proceeding, choking up as she said it was "with great sadness" that she would leave office. She did not apologize but said there would come a time after sentencing when she could give her full side of the story.

    The first black woman elected to the City Council presidency, Dixon has been a public official for 23 years. She was raised in West Baltimore, where she still lives. She is twice divorced and has a daughter in college and a younger son.

    After Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) was elected governor in 2006, Dixon assumed the city's top job. She was elected in her own right the next fall and has been a popular mayor whose signature programs include recycling, homeless services and street repaving.

    Dixon will turn over power to City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Both are Democrats.

    Rawlings-Blake did not attend the news conference at City Hall. She later released a statement calling this time "sad and difficult" for Baltimore and vowing a smooth transition of power. She did not mention Dixon.

    State prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh said he was satisfied with the court outcome, which he said was a good deal for the city.

    "It was time for this case to come to an end," he said. "It's time for the city of Baltimore to move forward with a new mayor. This is a disgraced mayor."

    The prosecutor, who has been investigating Dixon since March 2006, said that the mayor's defense team approached him about a week ago and that plea discussions began in earnest Monday.

    Dixon's attorney, Arnold M. Weiner, said she agreed to the deal because she felt she would otherwise "be dragging the city and the people of the city behind her" through what could have been years of court battles. He also said Dixon's pension was a driving factor.

    The agreed-upon sentence of "probation before judgment" in both cases, Weiner said, "was necessary for her to preserve the pension."

    Roselyn Spencer, head of the city's employee and elected officials retirement systems, said Dixon is eligible to begin collecting her annual pension immediately on stepping down.

    But it was clear in the courtroom that Dixon had mixed feelings about her decision.

    When Judge Dennis M. Sweeney asked whether she was entering the plea deal voluntarily, Dixon replied, "Basically." Later, as a state prosecutor read the facts of the perjury case, Dixon exclaimed, "Your honor, those things are not true."

    On the perjury charge, Dixon pleaded guilty under the Alford rule, meaning she did not admit guilt but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her.

    That case, which was to go to trial in March, involved lavish presents from her former boyfriend, developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, in late 2003 and 2004 when she was City Council president. Dixon did not report the gifts, which included a $2,000 gift certificate to a local furrier, shopping sprees and pricey trips to Chicago, New York and Colorado, on her financial disclosure forms, a violation of law punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

    Dixon was indicted almost a year ago. Those charges were thrown out for technical reasons, and she was reindicted months later on one set of theft-related charges and a pair of perjury charges.

    On Dec. 1, a jury of 12 Baltimore residents found her guilty of embezzlement, a misdemeanor, for misusing retail gift cards donated to her office by developer Patrick Turner. Dixon spent about $500 in Target and Best Buy cards to purchase a game system and other items for her family and staff members.

    As part of Wednesday's plea deal, the prosecutor will not pursue any criminal charges from his investigation of Dixon, and Dixon will not fight the jury conviction.



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    The fact that Dixon will most likely retain her pension is such a travesty as to be criminal...

    But then, she's no stranger to criminal behavior.

    She's already been convicted of embezzlement, and she's currently up on perjury charges.

    I say "good riddance".

    Now if only she's take all the other "rats" in Baltimore government with her when she "jumps ship". :celebrate

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    buster81 wrote:
    How do we start a Gun Owners against Illegal Mayors Group
    Beautiful!
    Guns don't kill people. Drivers on cell phones do.

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    Anybody who wants to get an accurate picture of Baltimore should watch HBO's "The Wire" (for the dark side) and John Waters's "Pecker" (for the lighter side). Spend some time in Baltimore (not in the Inner Harbor but in Pigtown, Highlandtown, and Fells Point ) and you will meet people EXACTLY like those portrayed therein.

    Waters once said that a group of film students came to hear him speak, and one of them went strolling in the neighborhoods. This student told him that she had not been aware that he made documentaries!

    The fact that the characters in "Pink Flamingos" were not nuch of an exaggeration either speaks volumes about why these kinds of shenannigans go on in "Charm City".

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    Eeyore wrote:
    buster81 wrote:
    How do we start a Gun Owners against Illegal Mayors Group
    Beautiful!
    Just for a hoot I might start one on face book and see what happens :celebrate:celebrate

    OK guys and girls I did it here is the link if any of you feel like joining let me know and I'll make you officers ROFL

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    Alexcabbie wrote:
    Anybody who wants to get an accurate picture of Baltimore should watch HBO's "The Wire" (for the dark side) and John Waters's "Pecker" (for the lighter side). Spend some time in Baltimore (not in the Inner Harbor but in Pigtown, Highlandtown, and Fells Point ) and you will meet people EXACTLY like those portrayed therein.

    Waters once said that a group of film students came to hear him speak, and one of them went strolling in the neighborhoods. This student told him that she had not been aware that he made documentaries!

    The fact that the characters in "Pink Flamingos" were not nuch of an exaggeration either speaks volumes about why these kinds of shenannigans go on in "Charm City".
    Yep, I grew up in east Baltimore and that 100% correct.

    People think films about Baltimore are made up, then they are even more surprised when they find out its all true.

    The Wire on HBO is an exact portrayal of the war zone called Baltimore city.
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    Sig229 wrote:
    Alexcabbie wrote:
    Anybody who wants to get an accurate picture of Baltimore should watch HBO's "The Wire" (for the dark side) and John Waters's "Pecker" (for the lighter side). Spend some time in Baltimore (not in the Inner Harbor but in Pigtown, Highlandtown, and Fells Point ) and you will meet people EXACTLY like those portrayed therein.

    Waters once said that a group of film students came to hear him speak, and one of them went strolling in the neighborhoods. This student told him that she had not been aware that he made documentaries!

    The fact that the characters in "Pink Flamingos" were not nuch of an exaggeration either speaks volumes about why these kinds of shenannigans go on in "Charm City".
    Yep, I grew up in east Baltimore and that 100% correct.

    People think films about Baltimore are made up, then they are even more surprised when they find out its all true.

    The Wire on HBO is an exact portrayal of the war zone called Baltimore city.
    How old are you? When did you leave East Baltimore? And do you know Billy Lee Beals? PM me if you do.

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    Alexcabbie wrote:
    How old are you? When did you leave East Baltimore? And do you know Billy Lee Beals? PM me if you do.
    I will be 31 soon. I lived in east Balto from the age of 1-9 then from age 14-22.

    I dont know who Billy Beals is, but the name sorta sounds familiar. But the last name does.

    How old are you?
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    I'm thinking of writing the brand new Mayor of my mid-sized city a letter urging him NOT to join MAIG.

    The former mayor, a true RINO if I ever saw one, didn't seem to have joined the group.

    The newly elected Dem mayorhas taken mostly anti-gun stances during his career in the NYS legislature. He ran unopposed, and was endorsed by local conservative parties.





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    Alexcabbie wrote:
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    I never got the PM. can you send it again?
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