Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Democrat Mike Marshall Sentenced To Jail Time For Absentee Vote Fraud Racket

Former Democratic State Rep. Mike Marshall operated one of the biggest absentee vote fraud rackets in Indiana history. His ability to deliver votes in Southern Indiana made him a political star in Indiana Democratic Party circles. Today, Jennings Co. Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster sentenced the 60-year old Marshall to 18 months in prison with nine months of his sentence suspended. Marshall reached an agreement with special prosecutors in his case last January to plead guilty to some of the vote fraud charges rather than take his chances at trial. His high-profile attorneys, James Voyles and Larry "Trash Can" Wilder had hoped their client would avoid any jail time. Judge Webster rejected the pleas of his attorneys and Jennings Co. Democratic Chair Karen Snyder that he be spared jail time.
Before handing down the sentence, Webster noted the vitriol surrounding politics on both sides of the aisle, and the measures he took toward ensuring the court's integrity.
"When this case first came about, I knew there was a possibility for political overtones," the judge said. "That's why I appointed special prosecutors for this case from both (political) parties."
While the judge made note of Marshall's longtime community involvement and lack of criminal history, Webster showed concern for the impact the defendant's actions could have.
"Those who tinker with the election process are tinkering with the foundations of democracy," the judge remarked. "I worry that this will only serve to further voter apathy and voter cynicism. I don't want the citizens of Jennings County to question the appointment of elected officials and wonder if it was really their votes that put them there."
Marshall's supporters expressed disappointment at Judge Webster's decision. "I am just really disappointed. There are no victims in this case," Snyder said. "We have three people who wanted to vote, and Mike wanted to help them do that." Uh, no, Ms. Snyder, there were far more cases of vote fraud than just three absentee ballots. Those were just the three the special prosecutors agreed to allow Marshall to cop a plea to committing to avoid trial on many other absentee ballots that were cast fraudulently. God only knows how many elections have been stolen down in that part of the state as a direct result of this absentee ballot racket that had been going on for years. Snyder's reaction to the sentence shows that the Democrats have learned absolutely nothing from this ordeal. They believe the ends justifies the means. If winning elections can only happen by stealing votes, Democrats believe that is entirely appropriate. We have a President who arose out of a political operation that mastered the art of election fraud to win elections.

Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb, recalling last week's conviction of St. Joseph Co. Democratic Party Chairman Butch Morgan for his role in a scheme to forge voter signatures to secure a place for Barack Obama on the 2008 Indiana Democratic Primary ballot, noted that it's been a busy week for the Indiana Democratic Party. "The rule of law continues to expose their culture of corruption," Holcomb said. Holcomb noted that Marshall's name appears on the campaign finance reports of numerous Democratic elected officials for whom he's performed political consulting work, including Sen. Joe Donnelly and State Rep. Terry Goodin. "Election fraud is not a myth," he said. "If Indiana Democrats are serious about protecting elections, they should start by following the law."


CircleCityScribe said...

-Yet another Democrat corruption conviction with jail time. It looks like 2013 is going to be a record year cleaning up the corruption that is The Democrat Machine.

"Corruption is as corruption does!"

-The Democrat Machine

(By the way, does anyone else notice that there haven't been any Democrats convicted of corruption in Marion County, Indiana yet this year?)

Pete Boggs said...

It's fair to wonder what laws Republicans are "following" when they go me too slow-cial-ist, in pursuit of public / private partnership "profits" or OPM (Other People's Money)...

Cass T Gate said...

Mike Marshal was pressured into pleading guilty. He was threatened with LIFE in prison OR just sign this little paper and it all goes away... this case proves nothing except that our system is a f***ing train wreck...

Paul LaD said...

"Former Democratic State Rep. Mike Marshall operated one of the biggest absentee vote fraud rackets in Indiana history."

Well, that's true.

A couple of other TRUE THINGS:

- Mike filled out 3 Absentee Ballot request forms. Not one of the 3 was used to cast a ballot.

- Mike's transgression was HUGE insofar as NO OTHER ELECTORAL compromise has ever occurred in Indiana. NONE!

So, STFU Republicans.