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More Democrat Vote Fraud – In East St. Louis

The DNC’s Associated Press has been all over the map with this story. They have put out at least four different versions, including this one which would seem to be mostly about how tough things are in East St. Louis:

Sheila Thomas hugs Defense Attorney Paul Sims.

Workers Are Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press Writer

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. Jan 30, 2006 — A former Democratic election worker in this impoverished city was sentenced Monday to a year and a half in federal prison for scheming to buy votes in the November 2004 election. A City Hall volunteer also accused in the scheme was given probation.

U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy said the case reflected an American election process "under attack" by fraud.

Former precinct committee member Sheila Thomas and her attorney, Paul Sims, declined to comment after the sentencing. Yvette Johnson told reporters: "I’m just glad that it’s over."

The two were convicted last year of felony conspiracy to commit vote fraud, along with a local Democratic Party chairman [Charles Powell, Jr.] , a former city official [Kelvin Ellis] and another precinct worker who are expected to be sentenced in February.

Prosecutors said the defendants schemed to buy votes with cash, cigarettes and liquor. Their case rested largely on secretly recorded audiotapes in which the defendants could be heard talking about paying $2, $5 or more per vote to get key Democrats elected in East St. Louis.

The city of 31,500 people, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, became one of the nation’s poorest cities with the decline of its smokestack factories and the exodus of whites in the 1960s. Its schools were broke for years and the deed to City Hall once went to a man to cover a multimillion-dollar judgment over a jail beating.

In other versions of this same story the AP is still calling it an "alleged scheme," despite the convictions.

And you’d never know from this article, but this case involves at least nine people who have either confessed or been convicted. In fact, close to twenty Democrat officials have been indicted or convicted for similar acts in East St. Louis in the last year.

But the AP didn’t think any of that was newsworthy.

I guess they figured it might detract from their portrait of the perps as poor victims who are just trying to survive in such a woebegone town.

Oh, by the way, the unnamed Kelvin Ellis will also be tried for attempted murder of a government witness. The witness had threatened to expose a prostitution ring Ellis was running out of East St. Louis City Hall.

Mr. Ellis had even spent time in prison for abusing a city post before becoming the Director of Regulatory Affairs in East St. Louis.

But my those Republicans are corrupt.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 31st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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