Day 3 - and Hour 12 - of jury deliberations in Mayor Sheila Dixon's theft trial are scheduled to begin this morning, and the waiting will resume.
"This has to be one of the most difficult periods in the mayor's life," said University of Maryland School of Law professor Douglas Colbert, who has been following proceedings closely. "For every defendant, every defense lawyer, the waiting is excruciating."
But if history is a guide, it may be too soon to call these deliberations lengthy. It took several days for juries to reach verdicts in other criminal trials involving well-known politicians in Maryland and the region. Others took just hours - which probably wouldn't have worked out well for Dixon, some said.