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Possible Juror Conflict Of Interest In Trial Of Baltimore Mayor Dixon

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By Elliott Francis

There are reports of a possible conflict of interest involving a juror in the fraud trial of Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon.

The Baltimore Sun reports the juror who helped convict Baltimore's mayor of misdemeanor fraud participated in a public event with her and a key prosecution witness three years ago. It's a contact that was not disclosed prior to the Mayor's trial.

According to the Sun, Shawana Tyler received a $300 prize in a sweepstakes sponsored by a city agency. Tyler told the daily she didn't recall Mayor Dixon or her staffer attending the event, and did not realize the contest was sponsored by a branch of city government.

Mayor Dixon was convicted Tuesday of misappropriating gift carts intended for charity.

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