MARYLAND

Tiffany Alston jury begins deliberations

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The case of a Maryland lawmaker accused of theft and misconduct in office has gone to the jury in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

Jurors began deliberations on Monday afternoon after hearing closing arguments from attorneys in the case of Delegate Tiffany Alston, a Prince George's County Democrat.

Alston is accused by state prosecutors of paying an employee in her law office about $800 in state funds by saying the employee was a member of her legislative staff.

Her attorneys say the employee performed legislative work, and that prosecutors have failed to prove otherwise. Alston also faces charges in a separate case that she used campaign funds for wedding expenses.

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