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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:27 PM

Mass. Democrat Admits Absentee Voter Fraud

Source: TPM



RYAN J. REILLY 4:51 PM EST, THURSDAY DECEMBER 20, 2012

A Massachusetts state representative has agreed to plead guilty to civil rights violations and resign from office for his role in submitting false absentee ballot applications and casting invalid ballots in 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department said in a news release Thursday.

Rep. Stephen Smith, 57, of Everett, Mass. will plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights. Smith, who represents the 28th Middlesex District in Massachusetts, allegedly cast invalid absentee ballots for voters who were ineligible or unaware of ballots being cast in their names. The news release said "one or more government officials" helped Smith intercept the ballots before they were delivered to the voters, but it did not name the officials.

Under a plea agreement, Smith will resign from office on Jan. 1, 2013 and will not be allowed to seek office for five years. Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston Division, said the bureau "methodically uncovered" the voter fraud scheme during a two-year period.

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DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
mac56 Dec 2012 #1
deutsey Dec 2012 #2
MADem Dec 2012 #3
PatrynXX Dec 2012 #4
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:33 PM

1. Not cool, no matter which party he's in.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:34 PM

2. Idiot

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:40 PM

3. Jerk.

I imagine the good citizens of Everett are humiliated by this assclown's perfidy.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:42 PM

4. now interestingly

this happened under Obama not Bush. Where such things were no doubt commonplace on either site but more so on the Right. Its still rare...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:42 PM

5. Damn, pubs are gonna exploit the crap out of this. /nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:43 PM

6. throw the book at the crook. eom

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:24 PM

7. Can't afford any mercy toward this guy

We have zero credibility going after Republican crooks if we have the slightest tolerance for this.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:26 PM

8. And the punishment is NOTHING except?

Resigning??

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:34 PM

9. He took a risk and he failed.

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:49 PM

10. Why a plea agreement?

Was he guilty or not? If he was guilty he should do prison time.

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