Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon shows us that even gender can't get in the way of Black mayors of large U.S. cities getting into a heap of trouble with the law:
A Maryland grand jury on Friday indicted Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon on 12 criminal counts, including theft and perjury, for alleged official misconduct beginning when she was a councilwoman.
A number of the charges relate to gifts that prosecutors say Ms. Dixon received from developers, including her former boyfriend, Ronald Lipscomb, and didn't properly disclose. Mr. Lipscomb isn't named in the indictment but was charged with bribery this week in Baltimore. His lawyer has said he is innocent.
In addition, the Maryland prosecutor's office charged that for four years Ms. Dixon misused holiday gift cards that were intended to be distributed to needy families. Prosecutors say she gave them to members of her staff and used them to buy herself electronics and clothing.
Ms. Dixon said in a statement that she had been unfairly accused, adding: "I am confident that I will be found innocent of these charges." She said she wouldn't step down as mayor.
Sheila Dixon = Clarence Royce. But then the real city of Baltimore, heavily Democratic and 65% Black as it is, probably wouldn't have the guts to ever elect a white mayor.