Del. Tiffany Alston theft case likely to go to jury Monday


Del. Tiffany T. Alston chats with constituents after a town hall meeting last year. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Alston (D-Prince George’s) is accused of stealing $800 in legislative funds to pay a young woman for work she allegedly did for Alston’s law firm in January 2011. In addition to theft, Alston is charged with misconduct in office.

On Friday, the fourth day of the trial, lawyers for Alston presented a current legislative aide to Alston, as a well as a former one. Both testified that the woman in question, Rayshawn Ford, performed legislative work for Alston in her legislative district office in Lanham.

Alston’s defense team has maintained that her district office was located within a suite of offices at her law firm in Lanham.

Lawyers from the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor sought to discredit both the aide and former aide, in part by eliciting testimony about how long they had known Alston and their friendly relationships.

In its rebuttal case, the prosecution also presented an employee of the Maryland General Assembly who testified that Alston did not have official stationary available bearing the address of her district office until February 2011. That was intended to discredit defense witnesses who said Ford’s duties include sending out letters from the district office on Alston’s stationary in January 2011.

Earlier in the day, the defense called Del. C.T. Wilson (D-Charles) to the stand. He was dismissed before testifying after prosecutors objected. The nature of the objection was not made public.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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