The coats -- one fashioned from lustrous mink, the other from whorls of sable-colored Persian lamb -- rest on hangers from a high-end furrier. A tag is looped around each fur, marked with the name of the woman who once owned them, and, in bold, black letters: "EVIDENCE."
One would not normally expect to find two fur coats hanging in a conference room in the Office of the State Prosecutor. But these furs have a remarkable past: gifts to Baltimore's former mayor, Sheila Dixon, from a developer ex-boyfriend, they were seized by investigators after Dixon failed to disclose them on city ethics forms.
Dixon surrendered the furs to the state last month as part of a plea deal to settle charges of embezzlement and perjury.