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.