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Dixon, prosecutors seek to limit evidence

State prosecutors and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s defense attorneys have filed several motions concerning the evidence to be presented at her Nov. 9 trial.

The mayor’s motion seeks to keep the two sets of charges against her separate. Specifically, her attorneys have asked the judge to exclude evidence that will be used in the perjury case against her — essentially, her failure to list lavish gifts from city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb on her annual ethics disclosure forms — from next month’s trial, which concerns allegations that Dixon misappropriated for personal use gift cards intended for needy families.

Of the state’s four motions, the most consequential is likely to be its request to bar the defense from referring to four subpoenas the prosecution issued but withdrew before receiving any testimony or documents. Dixon’s attorneys had claimed those subpoenas abused the grand jury process and convinced Visiting Judge Dennis M. Sweeney to order the prosecution to turn them over to the defense. At that September hearing, however, Sweeney expressed skepticism of the defense lawyers’ intent to use them as evidence at trial.

All the motions were filed Oct. 23, and Sweeney has yet to rule on any of them.

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