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Herb Smith

Dixon verdict: The cynics were wrong

Dixon verdict: The cynics were wrong

All the cynics were wrong this time: A jury of her peers - nine women and three men, the majority of them black - found the city's first African-American female mayor guilty of a crime. We didn't have the jury nullification many had predicted - that is, acquittal in the face of strong, conclusive evidence, something that many lawyers, cops and judges have seen for years in the old courthouses on Calvert Street. Juries in Baltimore have a rap for being suspicious of police and prosecutors and sympathetic to defendants, most of whom are black. During the past year, I heard many with experience in the city's criminal courts say this would be a slam-dunk for the defense: The jury...