Friday, October 29, 2004
We smell some Republican criminal charges
Again, there are so many incredible moments reported on in the Beacon Journal's story on the Summit Co. voter challenges hearing, it's hard to pick and choose which ones to highlight. But, this is the one that we should be pushing out to the media everywhere:
The challengers, all older longtime Republicans - Barbara Miller, Howard Calhoun, Madge Doerler and Louis Wray - were subpoenaed by the elections board and were present at the hearings. Akron attorney Jack Morrison, a Republican, volunteered to represent the four.
Democratic [Summit Co. Board of Elections] member Russ Pry suggested that the four could be subject to criminal prosecution for essentially making false claims on the challenge forms. The form states that making a false claim is subject to prosecution as a fifth-degree felony.
On Morrison's advice, Miller then refused to take part in any hearings after Herold's, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Wray filed a challenge against 25-year-old Barbara Jean DeWilde of Stow, but testified that he had no personal knowledge that DeWilde didn't live at her Stow address, other than information he received from Summit County Republican Party headquarters.