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Aaron C. Davis

Well, technically, it's still the jury's turn. But they were dismissed until Monday, so let's debate this for the weekend: Would you convict Mayor Sheila Dixon?

Her attorneys have argued the Baltimore mayor mistakenly used gift cards for the needy, thinking they were from her ex-boyfriend. Prosecutors say she knew better and robbed charities to use the cards for new clothes, seafood dinners and shopping sprees.

Few of us have seen every twist and turn this week in the courtroom, but what do you think? Does this one smell right? Has the state prosecutor over reached? Should Baltimore kick out a crooked mayor?

What's more, if she's guilty or innocent, what are the consequences for all the politicians close to her in Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington who are running for re-election next year? If she gets off, will she be politically untouchable? re-electable? always tainted?

(And, btw, thanks to Charles Herbert, Jeavonna Chapman, Archie Cawley, William Capps, Kelly McKenna and the dozens of others who've helped get the conversations rolling this week on Now It's Your Turn).

By Aaron C. Davis  |  November 20, 2009; 7:33 PM ET
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Your Turn  
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