October 12, 2012
Another Maryland politician has broken the law and is, nonetheless, trying to hold on to elected office. Del. Tiffany Alston this week agreed to a plea deal that allowed her to avoid trial on charges that she misused money from her campaign funds to pay for her wedding and resulted in a one-year suspended sentence for an earlier conviction on charges of misconduct in office related to her theft of $800 from the General Assembly to pay expenses in...
September 19, 2012
An agreement for a plea Wednesday afternoon by Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston appears to have collapsed — though her lawyers maintained that it remains a "possibility" even as they continued negotiations with prosecutors. "It's a possibility. We're talking and that's good, so the possibility still looms [for an agreement]," said J. Wyndal Gordon, one of the attorneys for the freshman lawmaker from Bowie. Last week, both sides indicated that they had an agreement that would cover two sets of criminal charges against Alston.
September 5, 2012
Even amid an economic downturn that has many parishes struggling and a declining enrollment that prompted the closing of many Catholic schools, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is confident it can raise $100 million during its first capital campaign in 15 years. Archbishop William E. Lori, who took over leadership of the nation's oldest archdiocese in May, launched the Embracing our Mission — Shaping our Future campaign Wednesday with an inner-city school newly renovated for $1.5 million and its students in the background.
June 8, 2012
Remember former Mayor Sheila Dixon's Jimmy Choo shoes and closetful of fur coats? Who could forget — except, perhaps, Washington, D.C., City Council President Kwame R. Brown, who resigned from office this week after federal prosecutors charged him with bank fraud and misuse of campaign funds. Mr. Brown's troubles allegedly began when he needed money for a second mortgage, a 40-foot power boat and, yes, a closetful of fancy clothes and shoes. Mr. Brown's resignation comes just a few months after another D.C. council member, Harry L. Thomas Jr., pleaded guilty to secretly stealing more than $350,000 in city funds intended for youth sports programs and filing a false tax return.
May 3, 2012
It's amazing that Sen. John Edwardshad the audacity to divert campaign funds for personal use. It's also unfathomable that he basically turned his back of his supportive wife, who was suffering from terminal cancer. Even more mind-boggling is that Senator Edwards took some of that campaign money to cover up his relationship with his mistress, who bore his illegitimate child. He somehow thought he could wriggle through this morass of missteps and become President of the United States.
April 30, 2012
Is The Sun's news department or its editorial staff aware that a former Democratic presidential candidate and vice presidential nominee, John Edwards, is being tried in criminal court in Greensboro, North Carolina for using campaign funds he raised to pay off the woman he was having an affair with and who bore his child? You must not, because The Sun has carried few (brief) stories and no editorials about it. Look it up. It's true. Did you just miss it? J. Shawn Alcarese, Towson