No honor among thieves or corrupt politicians
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Our view: If convicted officeholders won't resign on their own, voters should make them This week, Del. Tiffany Alston ofPrince George's Countywas convicted of stealing $800 from the General Assembly to pay an aide in her private law firm. The offense is a misdemeanor, but it is directly related to her duties in office — in fact, she was also convicted of official misconduct — and as such falls under a provision of the Maryland constitution that triggers automatic suspension from the General Assembly. Nonetheless, Ms. Alston stands to be a pivotal figure in the legislature next month if Gov.Martin O'Malleycalls a special session to consider the expansion of gambling. The key issue is whether to allow a casino in Prince George's County, and as a member of that delegation (not to mention someone who has shown a flair for the dramatic), her vote could be crucial one way or the other.