Tiffany Alston, Greg Hall both out as delegates, judge rules

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Local,Maryland,Rachel Baye

Neither former Maryland Del. Tiffany Alston nor the person initially nominated to replace her will represent Prince George's County in the Maryland House of Delegates, a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Alston was removed from her seat after she admitted to paying an employee at her law firm with state funds and using campaign money to pay for her wedding. After the guilty finding was changed to probation before judgment, Alston contested her removal.

Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley asked the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee to withdraw its nomination of Greg Hall to fill Alston's seat after details emerged about a past criminal record, including a gun charge and dropped murder and drug charges from 20 years ago. Hall tried to block the committee from withdrawing his nomination.

On Wednesday, Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. ruled that Alston was not entitled to regain her seat in the Maryland General Assembly and that the central committee was entitled to withdraw Hall's name.

rbaye@washingtonexaminer.com

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