Only in 2009 could social networking site Facebook interfere with a trial. Right now, Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon is being convicted of embezzlement. Defense lawyers say that Dixon used donated gift cards which were supposed to go to a local charity, on her and her family.
The trial has already had a rocky start with one juror possibly being charged by withholding a possible conflict of interest. In 2006 Shawana Tyler, entered a contest sponsored by the city for a shopping spree to fill a shopping cart up with as much food as you can in 2 minutes. Tyler thought the grocery store sponsored the contest and doesn’t remember seeing the mayor there. But photos from the event, archived by the Baltimore Times show the two standing next to each other, while Dixon gave a speech. (more…)