What they're saying about Dixon conviction

'We won't miss a step,' mayor declares

  • Mayor Sheila Dixon and her lead attorney, Arnold M. Weiner, face the media after her conviction on a single charge of taking gift cards intended for the city's poor.
Mayor Sheila Dixon and her lead attorney, Arnold M. Weiner,… (Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina…)
December 02, 2009

• "The city will continue to move forward. We won't miss a step."

Mayor Sheila Dixon, after being found guilty of one count of misappropriation

• "I'm personally satisfied with [the verdict], but again, it's not something that we should be rejoicing over or cheering about. ... I think the message is that there is nobody above the law, and that everybody is to be treated equally. We have tried to treat everybody in all these investigations equally."

State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh

• "It is more important than ever, during this difficult time, that everyone who cares about Baltimore stays focused on reducing crime in our neighborhoods, improving our schools, creating jobs and otherwise serving the people who live and work in Baltimore."

Martin O'Malley, governor and former mayor

• "My only goal right now is to continue to do my job, making sure that the people and the City are protected and that public safety and essential services are maintained."

City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, who would replace Dixon if she leaves office

• "At this point, the mayor needs to step down."

WBAL talk show host Clarence "C4" Mitchell IV

• "It's hard to get 12 strangers to agree on what to have for lunch, much less to agree on whether the mayor should be found guilty."

Juror Elaine Pollack, 29, known before yesterday's verdict only as Juror No. 11

• "If I could have convicted her on all counts except one, I would have. But three other jurors didn't want to convict her on anything. It was pretty heated."

Juror No. 3, a 23-year-old Highlandtown woman named Shawana

• "There are no winners in this case. ... The people of Baltimore are living through tough times, and while this is another challenge, past experience has repeatedly shown that Baltimore thrives when we come together as one community."

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Baltimore Democrat

• "The big loser in this is the city."

Matthew Crenson, professor emeritus of political science, the Johns Hopkins University

• "My thoughts and prayers go out to Mayor Dixon today. Her dedication and service to the City throughout her career should not be diminished. Baltimore is a great city with infinite promise, but we can acknowledge with today's verdict that there will be growing pains as we strive to be the City that we imagine ourselves to be."

Former city councilman and mayoral candidate Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., on his Facebook page

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