This morning, state prosecutors rested their case in the criminal theft trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon. Nearly twenty witness were called–but developer and former boyfriend Ronald H. Lipscomb, whose testimony was believed to be key in the Mayor’s prosecution, wasn’t among them.
Without Lipscomb’s testimony, intrinsically tied to the gift card scandal that has dominated the case against Dixon, the judge was forced to throw out two of the seven counts against Dixon. What will become of the case against Dixon without the gift card scandal? How will the conversation around the Mayor change if she is acquited? We talk with reporters and commentators with a variety of perspectives about where the trial might go from here.
Today’s panel included:
- Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life, Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back
- Melody Simmons, reporter for WEAA
- Dwight Pettit, Criminal Defense Attorney, based in Baltimore
- Fern Shen, founder, editor and publisher of Baltimore Brew for Coverage of the Dixon Trial
- Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law
Please note this conversation continues into our second hour, available here. Don’t miss out!