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    Another Democrat involved in a scandal

    Boy, when it rains, it pours. If this keeps up, Democrats better watch out in 2010.

    Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon indicted -- baltimoresun.com

    Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon was charged today in a 12-count indictment, according to the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office's Web site.

    Dixon was charged with four counts of perjury and two counts of theft over $500, as well as theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office. The charges stem in part from gifts she received from former boyfriend and developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, who was also charged earlier this week.

    A grand jury indicted Dixon on 12 counts, including four counts of perjury and two counts of theft over $500. She was also charged with theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office.

    Dixon, a Democrat, has been the target of a nearly three-year probe by State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh into corruption at City Hall, an investigation that has centered on allegations that Dixon has used her office to award lucrative contracts to various people including her sister, her then-boyfriend and her former campaign chairman.

    In a statement released by her office this afternoon, Dixon said: "I am being unfairly accused. Time will prove that I have done nothing wrong, and I am confident that I will be found innocent of these charges. ... I want to make it clear, though, that I will continue to put all of my energies into running the City of Baltimore during these perilous economic times."

    Dixon is expected to appear this afternoon at a news conference at the Clipper Mill offices of her attorney, Arnold M. Weiner.

    Some of the charges center on gift cards that Dixon received from two real estate developers. According to the indictment, Dixon told one of the developers that the gift cards were going to be distributed to needy families in Baltimore. Prosecutors say that in December 2005, when Dixon was City Council president, she used 19 of 20 Best Buy gift cards for herself, purchasing personal items, including a digital camcorder, a PlayStation 2 and other electronics.

    Prosecutors say that in December 2006, she used Old Navy, Best Buy and other gift cards intended for needy families for an Xbox 360, a PlayStation Portable, clothes and other items for her own use.

    Rohrbaugh, the state prosecutor, said in a statement that "the citizens of Baltimore have every right to expect their public officials will be open and honest."

    Over the course of the wide-ranging investigation, two people with ties to Dixon have pleaded guilty, and state officials spent seven hours searching the mayor's Hunting Ridge home.

    No Baltimore mayor has run afoul of the law since the Civil War, when the mayor was accused and imprisoned when the city was under military occupation.

    This week, a Baltimore City grand jury indicted two others in the City Hall probe.

    Councilwoman Helen L. Holton, 48, a West Baltimore Democrat, was charged with accepting a bribe and with perjury, and malfeasance and nonfeasance in office.

    Lipscomb, 52, was charged with bribery.

    The charges -- all misdemeanors -- stem from an accusation that Lipscomb paid for a $12,500 political survey at Holton's request. At the time, in the summer of 2007, Holton was considering a run for city comptroller and was also ushering tax breaks for projects involving Lipscomb through City Hall.

    Holton and Lipscomb have said through their attorneys that they are innocent.

    City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake yesterday removed Holton as chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee, which she has led since January 2007. Councilman William H. Cole IV took Holton's spot.

    Dixon has also been accused of receiving gifts, including a $2,000 gift certificate at a local furrier and an airplane ticket, from Lipscomb, whom she dated from 2003 to 2004 while he was lobbying to receive millions of dollars in city tax credits for development projects. City officials are prohibited from accepting gifts from those doing business before their agencies.

    The investigation has hung over the mayor's tenure in office. She became the first woman to run the city in January 2007 after Martin O'Malley was sworn in as governor. She then won the office in September 2007, defeating former Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr.

    She is a popular executive and has attracted a cadre of smart, young officials in key agency positions. Her time in office has been marked by a sharp drop in the city's homicide rate, which resulted in the fewest killings in two decades last year.

    She is a popular executive and has attracted a cadre of smart, young officials in key agency positions. Her time in office has been marked by a sharp drop in the city's homicide rate, which resulted in the fewest killings in two decades last year.

    She is in the midst of making significant reforms to the city's trash-collection efforts and implemented a popular single-stream recycling system.

    Dixon came under state scrutiny after a Baltimore Sun article in early 2006 revealed that she, as City Council president, used an investigative hearing to pressure an official from Comcast to give more work to several minority-owned firms, including a company that employed her sister. Dixon had failed to declare that her sister, Janice Dixon, was working for Union Technologies, or Utech, on her city ethics forms -- something she was required to do because Utech receives contracts from the city. Later, Dixon amended the ethics forms to include the information.

    Dixon also voted three times on awarding contracts to Utech, which yielded the company about $1 million. As officials examined the company, they learned that its downtown headquarters turned out to be no more than a telephone and mailbox and that it redirected much of the work it received to other firms.

    In March 2008, the president of Utech, Mildred E. Boyer, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return and pledged cooperation with the state prosecutor's investigation.

    In early 2006, The Baltimore Sun reported that Dixon's campaign chairman, Dale G. Clark, received $600,000 over six years for developing a computer system for the City Council.

    For five of those years, Clark worked without a contract and was instructed by Dixon's chief of staff to bill the city in increments below $5,000, a monetary amount that does not require approval of the city's Board of Estimates. Meanwhile, the Board of Estimates had awarded a contract to another firm to do the work Clark said he was performing.

    In September 2007, Clark pleaded guilty to three counts of failure to file tax returns and is cooperating with a broader investigation.

    Two months later, in November 2007, state prosecutors raided the East Baltimore headquarters of Lipscomb's firm.

    The state prosecutor took up the corruption probe in March 2006, after federal prosecutors closed an 18-month City Hall investigation without charging anyone.

    The federal inquiry began in 2003 under then-U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio, who subpoenaed financial records from all 19 City Council members. DiBiagio was accused of overly aggressive tactics when it was revealed that he had pressed his staff for "front-page" corruption indictments.
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    Sometimes it appears there are more criminals in government than in prison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    Sometimes it appears there are more criminals in government than in prison.
    You're just now noticing that? And it isn't confined to one party either.
    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

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    Mayors Against....

    How many Mayors that were members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns have been indicted for crimes? I Know that Kilpatrick here in Detroit is in Jail, and if I remember right, there was some others lately. Maybe Alabama's Larry Langford?
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    I can verify the reports of this mayor being allegedy commiting these things. I can not verify his party affiliation, yet.
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    Bloomberg's Mayors Group loses yet another

    Posted by David Hardy 14 January 2009 03:30 PM
    It's becoming a tidal wave! Now Racine Mayor Gary Becker is booked for attempted child molestation and other offenses. Is getting arrested on felony raps a fad in Mayors Against Illegal Guns? This makes two in a single week.
    Racine mayor accused of attempted sex assault

    4 hours ago
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) The mayor of Racine, Wis., has been accused of attempting to sexually assault a child and possessing child pornography.
    The state Department of Justice says Mayor Gary Becker was arrested Tuesday night at a Brookfield mall on tentative charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement and possession of child pornography. Other allegations include exposing a child to harmful materials, using of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and misconduct in public office.
    Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes says he expects to file formal charges late Wednesday or Thursday.
    Becker was held Wednesday in the Kenosha County Jail on a $165,000 cash bond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricbak View Post
    I can verify the reports of this mayor being allegedy commiting these things. I can not verify his party affiliation, yet.
    And yes, although it took quite a bit of searching, I found that he is indeed a Democrat. I can't help but wonder who's next?
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    Bloomberg's Mayors Group loses yet another

    Posted by David Hardy 14 January 2009 03:30 PM
    It's becoming a tidal wave! Now Racine Mayor Gary Becker is booked for attempted child molestation and other offenses. Is getting arrested on felony raps a fad in Mayors Against Illegal Guns? This makes two in a single week.

    Quote:
    Racine mayor accused of attempted sex assault

    4 hours ago
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The mayor of Racine, Wis., has been accused of attempting to sexually assault a child and possessing child pornography.
    The state Department of Justice says Mayor Gary Becker was arrested Tuesday night at a Brookfield mall on tentative charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement and possession of child pornography. Other allegations include exposing a child to harmful materials, using of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and misconduct in public office.
    Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes says he expects to file formal charges late Wednesday or Thursday.
    Becker was held Wednesday in the Kenosha County Jail on a $165,000 cash bond.

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    Lets face it. Government is inherently immoral and guilty of just about every crime known to man. Just they have the money and the friends to hide it very very well. I just wonder what happened to we the people? They work for themselves not the people of this country.
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