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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ind. Decisions - "Appeals court reverses convictions in ballot fraud case"

Madeline Buckley of the South Bend Tribune reports on today's Court of Appeals opinion in Dustin Blythe v. State of Indiana. From the story:

The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed all but one forgery conviction for a defendant in the ballot fraud case that toppled former chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party Owen "Butch" Morgan.

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the court vacated nine of ten convictions a jury handed down for Dustin Blythe, a former employee of the county's Voter Registration Office. * * *

A three-judge panel determined Blythe's 10 convictions were part of one criminal act, meaning the panel ordered that only one class C forgery conviction will stand.

St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John Marnocha previously denied Blythe's request to dismiss all but one count.

"The evidence reveals that the falsified signatures were placed on the ballot petitions during a relatively short period of time in St. Joseph County and the placement of the falsified signatures was performed for a single purpose," the decision reads.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 5, 2014 01:15 PM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions