Suspended Maryland Delegate Tiffany Alston has been permanently removed from office and cannot be reinstated, according to a state attorney general’s opinion issued Thursday.
Mrs. Alston, Prince George’s Democrat, pleaded guilty last month to charges she used campaign funds to pay for her wedding and was also found guilty in June of using state funds to pay an employee at her law firm.
Her attorneys have said she hoped to return to office, but Dan Friedman — who works for the attorney general’s office as counsel to the assembly — wrote in an opinion Thursday that she gave up the possibility of reinstatement when she agreed to the plea deal.
Mrs. Alston’s attorneys have contended that completing court-ordered community service would downgrade her conviction to probation, which they said would allow her to return to office in time for next year’s General Assembly.
Mr. Friedman disagreed but said she is eligible to run for office in 2014 because her misdemeanor conviction does not make her ineligible to vote.
J. Wyndal Gordon, an attorney for Mrs. Alston, declined to comment Friday.
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