Our reporter Doug Donovan is sending updates from the coutroom today, as opening statements are set to begin in the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon.
The court just released the list of 72 witnesses expected to testify, including such notables as Rep. Elijah Cummings, former city health commissioner and new FDA bigwig Joshua Sharfstein, bread magnate John Paterakis, Dixon's pastor Frank Reid, and the mayor's daughter Jasmine Hampton.
Also listed is Dale Clark, the former Dixon campaign chairman and former computer consultant for city council, whose nearly $500,000 in payments from the city was approved by Dixon's office without a required contract. The state prosecutor's investigation began in March 2006, after I first revealed that arrangement in The Sun. Clark pleaded guilty on tax charges and had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
Court in recess until 12:45 p.m.