County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak said Thursday that the investigation into the presence of fake signatures on ballot petitions in St. Joseph County remains ongoing but that he expects a charging soon.
Dvorak said he and a deputy met with state police investigators Thursday, "and I can't divulge any specifics, but I can say there are a few more things that need to be completed." He added that he expects a charging decision in the case "very soon."
"That does not mean we are charging anyone," he said, "but we will be making a charging decision very soon."A forensic handwriting expert hired by the Tribune as part of its investigation of the petition-forging scandal linked the handwriting of Dustin Blythe, a former Democratic elections worker in the St. Joseph County voter registration office, to some of the forged signatures. State Sen. John Broden, who took over as the county Democratic chairman after his predecessor, Butch Morgan, was blamed for the scandal and forced to resign, told The Tribune that Blythe has left the voter registration office to "pursue other opportunities."
Keep in mind that the investigation is being conducted by the Indiana State Police, which is under the control of Gov. Mitch Daniels, whose administration is facing a public corruption scandal of its own making involving the awarding of a sweetheart, exclusive real estate broker's agreement with one of Daniels' cronies, John Bales, who has been indicted by the Democratic-appointed U.S. Attorney in South Bend, along with one of Bales' business associates and Indianapolis attorney Paul Page, in connection with the awarding of a lease by the state's Department of Child Services for an Elkhart building co-owned by Page and former Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. Some wonder if a behind-the-scenes deal won't be cut to minimize collateral damage in the competing investigations to the Daniels administration and the Obama campaign, respectively. We shall see.