Another example of the law being skewed for famous/wealthy/prominient figures in society:
On January 9, 2009, Dixon was indicted on twelve counts, including perjury, theft, and misconduct. The charges stem partly from incidents in which she allegedly misappropriated gift cards intended for the poor. On December 1, 2009, the jury returned a "guilty" verdict on one misdemeanor count of fraudulent misappropriation. Due to the events of the trial, Ms. Dixon will step down on February 4, 2010, and City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will succeed her per the Maryland State Constitution.
On January 6, 2010, Dixon elected to step down as mayor, effective February 4, 2010, but will maintain her pension. Under the terms of her plea deal with the State of Maryland, Mayor Dixon will get probation before judgment in both cases, thereby enabling her to keep her $80,000 pension, and she will not have a criminal record. Mayor Dixon entered an Alford plea and was granted probation before judgment. She also will be required to donate $45,000 to the Bea Gaddy Foundation and to serve 500 hours of community service at Our Daily Bread. In addition, she has agreed to sell gifts she received from developers, including a fur coat and electronics that she purchased with gift cards. She agreed to not seek office in the city of Baltimore or state of Maryland during the term of her probation, which will be two years, and she will not solicit or accept taxpayer money to pay her defense fees.