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Coulter Cleared In “Voting Fraud” Case

From the (laughable) Palm Beach Post:

FBI agent steps into Coulter voting case

By Jose Lambiet

Friday, May 11, 2007

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been cleared of allegations that she falsified her Palm Beach County voter’s registration and voted illegally — this, after a high-level FBI agent made unsolicited phone calls to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to vouch for Coulter.

The caller wasn’t just any G-man. According to PBSO documents, he was Supervisory Special Agent Jim Fitzgerald, of the FBI Academy’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Va. — the closest reality gets to the serial-killer catchers on CBS’ Criminal Minds.

So why would an FBI profiler who went after the Unabomber take time from his busy day to even think about a municipal election snafu?

Fitzgerald is mum. But when the bureau heard about this from Page Two, it immediately launched an internal review of the agent’s involvement.

“We’re looking into it,” bureau spokeswoman Ann Todd said.

She declined to say whether Fitzgerald acted on his personal behalf or as an FBI agent or on someone else’s orders.

County Supervisor of Elections Arthur Anderson, meanwhile, decried what he called “FBI intrusion.” He referred the Coulter case to PBSO after poll worker Jim Whited originally reported the incident.

“This doesn’t bode well in terms of the public’s impression that celebrities receive preferential treatment,” Anderson said. “I’m curious about how anyone can justify the FBI’s intrusion.”

First-year Detective Kristine Villa in December was assigned the job of investigating whether Coulter committed a felony in February 2006, when she cast her ballot in the wrong precinct in a Palm Beach election after registering to an address that wasn’t hers.

Villa’s report leaves the clear impression that Coulter’s attorney, Miami’s Marcos Jimenez, stonewalled Villa for five months — at times agreeing to make Coulter available, at others reneging, often not returning calls promptly or claiming not to be able to reach his client

Stalker?

Enter Fitzgerald, who spoke with Villa by phone Jan. 18. He confirmed “he has been working a stalking incident” involving the best-selling author. He added that “he did not have information relating to the allegations of voting improprieties nor did he have any intention to sway the outcome” of Villa’s investigation.

Still, Villa closed the probe April 12 without interviewing Coulter…

“We stand by our detective’s work,” PBSO spokesman Paul Miller said. “Based on the nature of the allegations, she did as much as she could.”

Miller said Villa, who last month returned to uniformed detail at Palm Beach International Airport, based her decision to clear Coulter on poll worker Whited’s testimony.

Whited, a staunch Republican who once ran for West Palm Beach mayor, told Page Two last year that Coulter dashed out of his polling place when he asked her to write a change of address. He later bragged on a radio show that he witnessed her committing a felony.

To Villa three months ago, however, Whited said Coulter may have misunderstood him and that he may have had a hand in her voting in the wrong precinct.

Anderson, whose office has been under fire for voting glitches, said he’ll mull Villa’s report before deciding whether he’ll ask the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to step in.

As for Coulter’s alleged stalker, check this out: Fitzgerald identified him as conservative Christian, rabid anti-Coulter blogger Dan Borchers of coulterwatch.com. Borchers said he remembers talking to two FBI agents about stalking accusations — in 1998.

“They stayed for five minutes,” he said, “told me to be careful not to scare Ann Coulter. She hollers stalker at anybody who opposes her.”

Fitzgerald told Villa that the supposed Borchers probe led to no arrest and he saw no reason why Coulter’s address should remain secret.

Gee, you would never know that the real news here is that Ms. Coulter has had the (perposterous) “voting fraud” charges against her dropped.

The author of this screed, Jose Lambiet, is clearly livid that this happened. And hence his outrage at an FBI agent who is familiar with Ms. Coulter’s circumstances having come forward to explain what happened.

But if you have read Mr. Lambiet’s past articles about Ms. Coulter, you may understand how he could come to empathize with her stalker.

In an article we posted last year, Human Events reporter Lisa De Pasquale had occasion to mention Mr. Borchers and his bizarre attempt to smear Coulter as a plagiarist:

The author of this ridiculous article is longtime Coulter critic Daniel Borchers, a so-called “principled conservative” and owner of the now defunct AnorexicAnnie.com website. Borchers has put himself in the spotlight by claiming to be an expert on Ann Coulter. It is now time for me to speak out about Daniel Borchers.

From 1997 to 1998, Borchers sent 10-page fan letters once a week to Coulter. The letters went unanswered by Coulter and since then he has repeatedly harassed her, her family and her former co-workers. I experienced his erratic behavior firsthand as program director of an organization that sponsored her campus speeches.  

However, Borchers may have a few copyright issues himself. At the 2002 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) I witnessed Borchers distributing folders filled with his rants against Coulter and pornographic photos that were meticulously cut-and-pasted so that her face replaced the female faces in the photos. Former CPAC staffers have told me that Borchers has gone to great lengths to sneak into CPAC under false pretenses, including making a phony press pass on his home computer and registering under fake names…

But he’s not a stalker. Not much.

And Jose Lambiet is a professional journalist.

And speaking of professionalism, do note that Ms. Coulter’s alleged crime was being investigated by a former and now once again — airport cop.

The officials of Palm Beach County once again burnish their well-earned reputation for sheer idiocy.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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