According to sources at the courthouse, Mayor Sheila Dixon has agreed to resign from office.
Details have not been confirmed. This morning, the judge in the case had scheduled a hearing to consider a motion by Dixon's lawyers to throw our her conviction based on juror misconduct and confusing instructions to the jury. But the hearing never happened, as Dixon’s lawyers, state prosecutors, and, at times, Dixon herself, huddled at the courthouse all morning and into the afternoon, reportedly discussing a plea agreement in which Dixon would plead guilty to perjury charges, resign from office and, potentially, save her $80,000 a year pension from the city.
City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is in line to succeed Dixon upon her resignation. How the transfer of power will affect the city, the region, and attitudes toward Dixon and Rawlings-Blake remains to be seen.
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