Former Maryland Delegate Tiffany Alston is still barred from office despite a reduction of her sentence on misconduct charges, according to an opinion issued Tuesday evening by the state attorney general's office.
Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley asked the office on Friday to review Ms. Alston's status after her lawyers argued that she should be allowed to reclaim her seat after completing her sentence of community service. Ms. Alston pleaded guilty last month to charges that she used campaign funds to pay for her wedding.
After the Prince George's Democrat has completed the required community service, a judge reduced her sentence to probation.
The attorney general's letter said that the judge's revision was not enough to qualify Ms. Alston for reinstatement because it did not amount to a declaration that her sentence was wrongly imposed.
This month, the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee chose Greg Hall as Mrs. Alston's replacement, but the nomination is still pending approval from Mr. O'Malley.
On Friday, the governor asked the committee to withdraw its nomination while the attorney general's office looked into Ms. Alston's status, but it has yet to officially do so. The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday night.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
David Hill joined The Washington Times in February 2011 as a Maryland political reporter. He can be reached at email@example.com.
By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
First over-the-counter column approved for fast and effective relief from even your worst media-induced headache.
Contributions to the Communities Sports desk from readers.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention
California wildfires wreak havoc