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Alston returns to Annapolis for first time since indictment

- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2011

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Delegate Tiffany T. Alston, Prince George’s Democrat, returned to the General Assembly on Monday for the first time since being indicted on charges she used campaign funds to cover wedding expenses.

Lawmakers appeared to accept Ms. Alston's presence as business as usual. She interacted with members on the House floor after the body adjourned.

Ms. Alston referred questions about her legal issues to her lawyer, J. Wendell Gordon.

Delegate Dereck E. Davis, Prince George’s Democrat, said state lawmakers in the county delegation have not discussed the situation.

"I think most members consider it a matter between Delegate Alston and the judicial system," he said, "but that’s not something we would comment on."

The Maryland State Prosecutor filed the charges Sept. 23 against Ms. Alston, a first-term state legislator. Prosecutors say she spent thousands in campaign contributions on the wedding and to pay the salary of an employee in her law firm.

An arraignment for Ms. Alston scheduled for this morning in an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court was canceled in advance. Her next scheduled court date is Nov. 18. Ms. Alston’s trial is scheduled to begin in January 2012.

Ms. Alston is perhaps known best for her flip-flop on Maryland’s same-sex-marriage proposal this year. She first co-sponsored the bill but later voted against it after delaying its progress when she missed a committee vote.

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