Before viewing the tape, which replayed testimony of developer Patrick Turner and other witnesses, three jurors refused to convict the mayor on any charges, according to a 23-year-old Highlandtown woman named Shawana, known during the trial as Juror No. 3. One of those jurors disputed others' recollections that Turner had said the gift cards he gave Dixon were intended for needy children.
When the videotape confirmed Turner's testimony, the three holdouts changed their minds and voted to convict.
"We thought it was a hung jury," said Shawana, who declined to give her last name. "One man said he wasn't going to convict her of anything, no matter what the evidence said. It was that videotape that made the difference."