Edward Anthony, boyfriend of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, finally has taken the witness stand to shed light on Dixon's alleged misuse of gift cards meant for charity. This came in the heels of her defense team's decision to remove ex-boyfriend Ronald Lipscomb from the defense line-up. It was Lipscomb who allegedly gave Dixon the gift cards.
Dixon is currently being charged for allegedly using the gift cards for personal business and giving them away to friends and close associates.
Lipscomb is no longer seeing the Mayor while Anthony is still actively dating her. Anthony claims that whenever he would give Dixon presents, he does so personally and does not rely on intermediaries. He wanted to take this opportunity to see her personally and to say at least "hi."
Lipscomb is alleged to have received favors from Dixon such as tax breaks for multimillion real estate development projects.
Anthony, who currently works for the city's housing department, was apparently one of the people who received gift checks from Dixon, the original purpose of which was for charity.
During cross-examination, Anthony was questioned about a gift check which he allegedly used to make a personal purchase. The gift check was traced to Dixon, but Anthony told prosecution he cannot recall for certain if it was indeed given by her.
When questioned by Dixon's lawyer, Anthony intimated that Dixon kept a very busy schedule, attending to official duties as mayor of the city and looking after the needs of her two children. They rarely get to spend time together and communicate most of the time by phone. He stated that it was difficult to maintain a relationship like theirs as Dixon is always occupied with work.
He also reiterated that he prefers sending gifts to her personally so that he could have a chance to see her. Another reason for this practice is that he wanted to make sure she got the gifts because sometimes out of generosity, she would give them away to less fortunate folks.
While Anthony is generally perceived as being sincere with his affections towards Dixon, Lipscomb, however, is portrayed as being manipulative and deceptive. He is being accused of just using his closeness to the Mayor to get some business favours from her.
An employee of Lipscomb even revealed to the court that one time when the former was in Seattle, he was asked to wire in money for him. The defense took this opportunity to paint some color and drama to this occasion, hinting that Lipscomb may as well be seeing another woman in Seattle.