As you know by now, Mayor Dixon has been convicted of one of the six counts brought against her in the first trial. She was acquitted of three and the jury was hung on two. In case you were not aware, the jury must be unanimous for either conviction or acquittal.
I really feel that with all the dirt Rohrbaugh has received over this trial, it could do a lot of good for the city. You never like to see "example-setting" justice (mostly due to the harshness with which it is administered) but if a message needs to be conveyed, Dixon is the one to get it across. As far as I am concerned, "innocent until proven guilty" only applies to legal terms. I believe Dixon was guilty of much greater depths of corruption than were allowable in court due to the ridiculousness of legislative immunity. She clearly cared about her position (the Sun suggests this was care for the "city," ha), but knew where the lines could be "fudged." This had nothing to do with race, although it will certainly be painted as such. This had to do with lax ethics and a culture of corruption. A wall was placed between the elected officials and the public, and Ronald Lipscomb was the crack that tore the wall down. I see london, I see France, I see Baltimore's underpants.
Unfortunately I feel that politics has become a "Players' Game" that excludes those that truly care and have the mind to make a difference. The only good news is that at least one of those Players is suspended indefinitely.