Dan Friedman: Decision’s true value lies in its calculation of the deadline

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals decided that former Del. Tiffany T. Alston had been expelled by operation of law upon her conviction for misconduct in office, despite the subsequent modification of that conviction into a probation before judgment; that the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee could withdraw its earlier nomination of Gregory Hall to fill the resulting vacancy; and that after that withdrawal Gov. Martin O’Malley was free to appoint someone else to the vacancy. Hall v. P.G. Co. Democratic Cent. Comm., 431 Md. 108. (2013).

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