City councilwoman's appeal denied; trial in October

The state's highest court has refused to entertain an appeal by City Councilwoman Helen Holton, clearing the way for the case against her to be heard by a Baltimore City jury in October.

Holton was indicted on charges of bribery and a campaign finance violation in the City Hall corruption probe that ultimately led to the resignation of Sheila Dixon as mayor in February.

Holton had appealed the decision of a Circuit Court judge who declined to dismiss the campaign finance charge, but the Court of Appeals announced this week that it would not hear her appeal.

The case is scheduled for Circuit Court in October, State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh said. A lawyer for Holton, Joshua R. Treem, did not return a call seeking comment.

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