Alston case heads into fourth day

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge on Thursday denied a motion to acquit Del. Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George’s) on charges of theft and misconduct in office in advance of the case going to the jury.


Tiffany Alston participates in a town hall meeting last year. (Bonnie Jo Mount — The Washington Post)

Such motions require a judge to view the case in the best possible light for the prosecution and are rarely granted. Following the ruling of Judge Paul F. Harris Jr., the defense started presenting witnesses.

A fourth day of testimony is scheduled Friday in a case Harris originally estimated would take five days.

On Wednesday, the employee in question, Rayshawn Ford, testified that she performed legislative work for Alston while working out of Alston’s law office in Lanham.

The Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor has presented testimony from investigators who said that Ford told them a different story.

In an evidentiary ruling Thursday, Harris said that he found Ford to be “not credible” based in part on the number of times she testified she did not remember things. His assessment was made outside the presence of the jury.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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