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October 16, 2012
If you are elected by the people and you are caught stealing anything in relation to that job you are entrusted with, you should go and lose your pension to boot! ("Alston must go," Oct. 13.) It amazes me that Del. Tiffany Alston can be so nervy to even suggest she might run again. It makes me think this woman was not raised right. For her to have such blatant gall is overwhelming! Please, citizens of Maryland, call, write, email, text or Twitter your elected officials and demand a law go on the books stating that any funny business financially involving their elected positions will be an automatic loss of their job and pension - and none of this admission of guilt or plea bargaining stuff, just out, end of story.
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By Michael Dresser | February 25, 2014
Tiffany Alston, the former Prince George's County delegate who was ousted from her House seat in 2013 after a theft conviction, is running to get her old job back. Alston, a Democrat,  filed her candidacy papers Tuesday night to seek a seat in the 24th District, just minutes before the 9 p.m. deadline for getting on the ballot. The 36-year-old former lawmaker pleaded guilty in June 2012 to misconduct in office and the theft of $800 from her delegate office account to pay expenses of her law firm.
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By Andrea Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Tiffany Alston, the former delegate from Prince George's County who was booted from the General Assembly last year, was disbarred Thursday. She consented to losing her license to practice law for reasons unrelated to receiving probation before judgment in criminal cases involving theft and misconduct. Last year, she was the subject of an indefinite suspension of her law license. According to the Court of Appeals order, she expressed her intent in April to disbarment. She was ordered to pay more than $7,500 to former clients.
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By John Fritze and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Fellow lawmakers have called on Del. Don Dwyer Jr. to resign after his drunken-driving arrest Tuesday, but there is little in Maryland law to force that outcome, a review of the state's statutes on removal from office shows. Dwyer, a three-term Anne Arundel County Republican, was arrested early Tuesday after failing a field sobriety test along Route 100. The incident occurred almost exactly a year after he was involved in a boating accident that seriously injured six others. He had pleaded guilty to operating the boat while drunk.
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By Michael Dresser | February 25, 2014
Tiffany Alston, the former Prince George's County delegate who was ousted from her House seat in 2013 after a theft conviction, is running to get her old job back. Alston, a Democrat,  filed her candidacy papers Tuesday night to seek a seat in the 24th District, just minutes before the 9 p.m. deadline for getting on the ballot. The 36-year-old former lawmaker pleaded guilty in June 2012 to misconduct in office and the theft of $800 from her delegate office account to pay expenses of her law firm.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
Theft and misconduct charges against Del. Tiffany Alston are expected to go to a jury Monday, one of two criminal cases against the Prince George's County lawmaker. Prosecutors are accusing Alston of using $800 in General Assembly funds to pay a clerk for doing work for her law practice in Lanham in January 2011, after a bank closed Alston's firm's depleted checking account. A bank official told jurors that Alston's firm bounced 49 checks in 2010. Alston's defense has maintained that the employee did legislative work for her, not in the state capital but in a district office that was in a suite of offices where the law firm had recently relocated.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Tuesday in the trial of Tiffany Alston, a Prince George's County delegate charged with using General Assembly funds to pay an employee at her private law practice. Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up arguments Monday in the case of the freshman Democrat, who is charged with theft and misconduct in office, and jurors deliberated for more than two hours. Prosecutor Shelly S. Glenn said in closing arguments that Alston dipped into legislative funds for $800 in January 2011 "because she was broke, because her law firm was broke.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston, who was to be sentenced next month after a conviction for stealing $800 from the General Assembly to pay the salary of an employee at her private law office, is expected to enter a plea next week in a second criminal case — and an end to the legal drama is likely to push the Bowie Democrat from her seat in the Legislature. Both Alston's lawyer, J. Wyndal Gordon, and Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt declined to say more Thursday than that the midafternoon negotiations that replaced a pretrial hearing in an Annapolis courtroom produced an "agreement" that would cover both criminal cases.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2012
The state's highest court has indefinitely suspended Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston's law license for failing to properly represent a client and accounting problems at her law firm. Alston can apply to have her license reinstated but the decision offered no recommendation of when the court might be ready to reconsider its decision "This is because we do not wish to imply that merely after a certain period of time has elapsed [she] shall be considered favorably for reinstatement," Judge Mary Ellen Barbera wrote in the opinion.
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by Annie Linskey | February 1, 2012
The House version of Gov. Martin O'Malley's same-sex marriage bill was introduced in the House of Delegates this morning shortly before the governor gave his annual state of the state address. The House bill went in with 56 co-sponsors, including House Speaker Michael E. Busch, who rarely puts his name on legislation. New cosponsors this year also include Baltimore County delegates Jon Cardin and Adrienne A Jones, both Democrats. Some names dropped off, including Baltimore City delegates Jill Carter and Frank Conaway Jr., both Democrats.
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By Andrea Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Tiffany Alston, the former delegate from Prince George's County who was booted from the General Assembly last year, was disbarred Thursday. She consented to losing her license to practice law for reasons unrelated to receiving probation before judgment in criminal cases involving theft and misconduct. Last year, she was the subject of an indefinite suspension of her law license. According to the Court of Appeals order, she expressed her intent in April to disbarment. She was ordered to pay more than $7,500 to former clients.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a former Prince George's County lawmaker to take over the seat vacated by former Del. Tiffany Alston last year after a criminal conviction. The governor announced Friday that he has chosen former Del. Darren Swain, who represented Prince George's in the House from 1999 to 2003, to fill the 24th District seat. Like Alston, Swain is a Democrat. In choosing Swain, O'Malley passed over three candidates suggested by the local Democratic State Central Committee and chose a candidate backed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
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Dan Rodricks | December 8, 2012
Starting in June 2005, I had literally hundreds of conversations with men and women — mostly men, and mostly from Baltimore — about their struggles to land jobs after prison. Most employers wanted nothing to do with these guys, especially the ones who had committed violent crimes. But most of those I interviewed had not been convicted of killing anyone; they had not beaten anyone or engaged in armed robbery. Most were in their 30s and 40s and had gone away for selling or using illegal narcotics.
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December 6, 2012
Will Rogers once observed that a newspaper ad was worth about 40 editorials, which many of us in the opinion writing side of that equation suspect would be quite the bargain. Little else could explain the public's indifference to a topic that has launched countless editorials in recent years - the prosecution of political corruption in this state and the need for reform. So it provides some relief to hear someone in the public eye "gets it" and, like those ink-stained wretches banging out opinions from here to Salisbury, Rockville or Cumberland, recognizes that Maryland's reputation in the political arena is something less than sterling.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
Tiffany Alston, the Prince George's County delegate who was ousted from the General Assembly this year after being convicted of misconduct in office, will not be reinstated, a court ruled Wednesday. At the same time the Prince George's Circuit Court turned down Alston's plea to regain her seat, it gave Gov. Martin O'Malley a victory by ruling that the Democratic Party committee that recommended a replacement can withdraw its nomination as the governor requested. O'Malley asked the county Democratic Central Committee to rescind its recommendation of Gregory Hall after learning about the man's criminal record on a case two decades ago. "The circumstances of this case do little for the good name and reputation of our state and even less for our county," Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. wrote in ruling that the committee can in fact do so. The judge also ruled that if the committee send the governor a new name, it is not a binding recommendation.
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By Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post | December 5, 2012
For hours Tuesday, Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols listened as lawyers representing an ousted state delegate, a former drug dealer and the governor of Maryland argued over the separation of powers in government and the meaning of the word "duty. " He will weigh those arguments as he decides who - from a legal perspective - is entitled to fill the state delegate seat at least temporarily vacated by Tiffany Alston. As soon as Wednesday, Nichols will first decide whether Alston was appropriately ousted from her seat when she was convicted in October of misconduct in office, a conviction that technically vanished a month later when she paid a fine, completed community service and received what is known as a probation before judgment.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a former Prince George's County lawmaker to take over the seat vacated by former Del. Tiffany Alston last year after a criminal conviction. The governor announced Friday that he has chosen former Del. Darren Swain, who represented Prince George's in the House from 1999 to 2003, to fill the 24th District seat. Like Alston, Swain is a Democrat. In choosing Swain, O'Malley passed over three candidates suggested by the local Democratic State Central Committee and chose a candidate backed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
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By Annie Linskey and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2012
Some of the delegates who struggled, and ultimately supported legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland Name: Del. Tiffany Alston, Prince George's County Democrat Age: 34 A reason: Amendment she proposed protecting referendum was adopted Quote: "It is time for us to move beyond this issue. " Name: Del. Pam Beidle, Anne Arundel County Democrat Age: 60 A reason: Concerned gay families don't have the same rights as straight families. Quote: "I just really thought about the issue.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
The Maryland attorney general's office advised Tuesday that Del. Tiffany Alston, convicted of misconduct in office, cannot return to the General Assembly even though a judge subsequently granted her probation before judgment. In a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Attorney General Douglas M. Gansler stood behind his office's previous advice that Alston, a Prince George's County Democrat, had been automatically removed from office on Oct. 9 as a result of a plea agreement under which she waived her rights to an appeal.
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October 16, 2012
If you are elected by the people and you are caught stealing anything in relation to that job you are entrusted with, you should go and lose your pension to boot! ("Alston must go," Oct. 13.) It amazes me that Del. Tiffany Alston can be so nervy to even suggest she might run again. It makes me think this woman was not raised right. For her to have such blatant gall is overwhelming! Please, citizens of Maryland, call, write, email, text or Twitter your elected officials and demand a law go on the books stating that any funny business financially involving their elected positions will be an automatic loss of their job and pension - and none of this admission of guilt or plea bargaining stuff, just out, end of story.
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