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A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election. Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night in the illegal scheme after only three hours of deliberations chan luu
. They were found guilty on all counts.
Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. found guilty of conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition ルイビトン
, after being accused of faking that enabled Obama, then an Illinois Senator, to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White House.
According to testimony from two former Board of Election officials who pled guilty victoria secret swim
, Morgan ordered officials and workers to fake the names and signatures that Obama and Clinton needed to qualify for the presidential race. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee and Democratic Party volunteer, was accused of forging multiple pages of the Obama petitions.
"I think this helped uphold the integrity of the electoral system," the prosecutor, Stan Levco told reporters.
"Their verdict of guilt is not a verdict against Democrats microsoft office 2007 product key
, but for honest and fair elections," he said.
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, according to affidavits from investigators who cite former Board of Registration worker Lucas Burkett, who told them he was in on the plan at first, but then became uneasy and quit. A candidate who did not qualify with enough legitimate signatures at the time, could have been bounced from the ballot.
The case raise questions about whether in 2008, then candidate Obama actually submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the primary ballot.
"I think had they been challenged successfully, he probably would not have been on the ballot," Levco told Fox News true religion jeans
Under state law, presidential candidates need to qualify for the primary ballots with 500 signatures from each of the state's nine congressional districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County tiffany blue nikes
, which is the 2nd Congressional district, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton's camp had 704.
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. Each petition contains up to 10 names, making a possible total of 90 names, which, if faked tresor paris
, could have brought the Obama total below the legal limit required to qualify. Prosecutors say 13 Clinton petitions were apparently forged casque beats
, meaning up to 130 possibly fake signatures. Even if 130 signatures had been challenged, it would have still left Mrs. Clinton with enough signatures to meet the 500 person threshold. said a total of "100 to 200" signatures had been forged on Obama's and Clinton's petitions tiffany
An Indiana State Police investigator said in court papers that the agency examined the suspect Obama petitions and "selected names at random from each of the petition pages and contacted those people directly lululemon outlet
. We found at least one person (and often multiple people) from each page who confirmed that they had not signed" petitions "or given consent for their name and/or signature to appear."
Numerous voters told Fox News that they never signed the petitions.
"That's not my signature," Charity Rorie, a mother of four, told us when we showed her the Obama petition with her name and signature. She was stunned, saying that it "absolutely" was a fake.
"It's scary, it's shocking. It definitely is illegal," she told us. Hunter, Jr ergo baby carrier
. told Fox news that his name was faked victoria secret swimwear
Even a former Democratic Governor of Indiana, Joe Kernan, told Fox News that his name was forged.
"This is a bitter sweet moment for free and fair elections," observed Ryan Nees, the Indiana born Yale "University senior who first exposed the scheme in the independent political newsletter, Howey Politics Indiana and South Bend Tribune. said the multiple guilty verdicts were "bitter, because a fiveperson conspiracy succeeded in illegally placing two presidential candidates on the ballot, but sweet because they were exposed, tried for their crimes, and convicted."
Nees previously told Fox News that the fraud was clearly evident, "because page after page of signatures are all in the same handwriting," and that nobody raised any red flags "because election workers in charge of verifying their validity were the same people faking the signatures."Related： Get Updated With The Current Technology Ne chan lu built embedded DRAM for graphics [url=http://www.morethingsthatsuck.com]http://www.morethingsthatsuck.com
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