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Baltimore Mayor Convicted On Single Charge

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By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) Mayor Sheila Dixon vowed to continue serving after her conviction a single charge she took gift cards intended for the city's poor.

In a statement she issued Tuesday afternoon, Dixon said the verdict does not affect her responsibility to continue serving. She said she was focused on keeping the city on course.

Dixon also thanked God, her staff and supporters. She said she was ``blessed'' with the opportunity to serve the people of Baltimore.

Dixon was acquitted of three other charges on Tuesday, including felony theft. But the conviction of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary could force her from office.

Jurors deliberated more than six days after hearing testimony that accused Dixon of using or keeping $630 worth of gift cards.

She was accused of soliciting most of the cards from a wealthy developer and then buying electronics at Best Buy, clothes at Old Navy and knickknacks at Target.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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