A Baltimore grand jury handed up two new indictments Wednesday charging Mayor Sheila Dixon with nine criminal counts and painting a picture of a top city official who repeatedly sought gifts - and even cash - from local developers who stood to benefit from her favor.
The new charges include perjury, for allegedly failing to report thousands of dollars that one developer spent on her, and theft, for allegedly using gift cards she had solicited on behalf of the city's needy.
The indictments replace one that was handed up in January, but five of the 12 charges in that case were dismissed by a judge in May. State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh said in a news release Wednesday that the original case will be dropped. He declined to comment further.
Dixon, speaking Wednesday evening before addressing a forum for minority- and women-owned businesses, said she is "staying focused" on her agenda for the city which includes reducing crime and making Baltimore cleaner and greener.
"Hey, you know, it makes you stronger," she said of the continuing legal battle and the prospect of fighting a new round of indictments.