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Baltimore Mayor Resigns After Entering an Alford Plea to Perjury Charges

The Mayor of Baltimore City Sheila Dixon will step down from her position effective February 4, 2010 as a part of a deal in her corruption case.baltimore-mayor-dixon

The deal helped end years-long corruption investigation. She entered an Alford plea for a perjury case. This means that the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence, but the defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond reasonable doubts.

She was also convicted last month for embezzlement where she misappropriated $500 in gift cards donated to the city during her time as City Council President. Those were supposed to be distributed to the poor.

Her sentence date will also be on February 4. If convicted, she will not be able to hold any city or state position for the next two years, she will need to perform 500 hours of community service and pay $45,000 to charity.

If she can complete her probation within four years, her criminal records will be wiped clean and she will probably get back her $83,000 pension.

Dixon assumed office January 17, 2007. She is the 48th mayor of the city and a member of the Democratic Party. She is to be succeeded by City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in accordance with the Maryland State Constitution.