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Men Get Jail Time In Milwaukee Tire-Slashing Case (Milwaukee 4)
wfrv.com/AP ^ | April 24, 2006 | Gretchen Ehlke

Posted on 04/26/2006 11:46:03 AM PDT by prairiebreeze

(AP) MILWAUKEE Four Democratic presidential campaign workers were sentenced to jail time ranging from four months to six months Wednesday for puncturing the tires of Republican vehicles on Election Day 2004.

The men had pleaded no contest in January to misdemeanor property damage. A fifth worker was found not guilty.

Those who pleaded no contest were Sowande A. Omokunde, the son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee; Michael Pratt, the son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt; and Lewis Caldwell and Lavelle Mohammad, both from Milwaukee.

They originally were charged with felony property damage but accepted plea deals on the lesser charge.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Michael Brennan rejected prosecutors' recommendation of probation and no jail time.

"This case had to be a public example of what can happen when you interfere with voters' rights," Brennan said. The men faced a maximum nine-month jail term and fines of $10,000.

Congresswoman Moore said, "I love my son very much. I'm very proud of him. He's accepted responsibility."

The state Republican Party had rented more than 100 vehicles that were parked in a lot next to a Bush-Cheney campaign office to give rides to voters and poll monitors on Nov. 2, 2004. The vandalism caused some delays in the GOP's Election Day work as party workers rounded up different vehicles.

Democrat John Kerry won Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes in a close race.

Omokunde was sentenced to four months, Mohammad to five months and Caldwell and Pratt to six months. All were granted work-release privileges.

Brennan also ordered them to pay a $1,000 fine each, in addition to the $5,317 in total restitution ordered earlier.

Justin Howell was the only one who did not take part in the plea deal, and jurors found him not guilty.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004election; brownshirtsforkerry; conspiracy; dirtyrats; dirtytricks; dncbrownshirts; election2004; electionviolence; felony; getoutthevote; goons; goonsquad; howtostealanelection; intimidation; milwaukee; milwaukee5; politiciansson; rats; supressthevote; thugs; tireslashers; tireslashing; vandalism; votefraud; votersupression
John Kerry never said one thing condemning these actions done on behalf of his campaign. Nor did he condemn the thugs who broke into, burst in and intimidated Bush Cheney campaign office workers.

At least the judge had the good sense to reject the DA's recommendation of probation only. Milwaukee DA must be a friend of Fitzgerald.

1 posted on 04/26/2006 11:46:06 AM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: prairiebreeze

I won't hold my breath waiting for one of the various flavors of CNN to cover this.


2 posted on 04/26/2006 11:49:07 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: prairiebreeze
However little the time in jail is, it is still a chilling event for the rat. On balance this is a very good thing.
3 posted on 04/26/2006 11:50:31 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Everyday brings a new reason to distrust Hillary Clinton.)
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To: prairiebreeze

This judge is a GREAT AMERICAN!


4 posted on 04/26/2006 11:51:20 AM PDT by ethics
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To: Mo1; Peach; Miss Marple; Iowa Granny; lysie; kayak; Dog; Txsleuth; Bahbah; tiredoflaundry

A little justice...finally. ping


5 posted on 04/26/2006 11:55:04 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Arrest Mary McCarthy!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Media: ZZZZZZZZ

*sighs*


6 posted on 04/26/2006 11:55:09 AM PDT by Crazieman (The Democratic Party: Culture of Treason)
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To: prairiebreeze

I hope they all drop the soap and...


7 posted on 04/26/2006 11:56:47 AM PDT by FormerLib ("...the past ten years in Kosovo will be replayed here in what some call Aztlan.")
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To: jmaroneps37

RATS tend to serve very little jail time so you are absolutely correct.

I don't think any of them are smirking or laughing now.

Oh, and the congresswoman who's proud of her little boy for taking responsibility....suuure she is.


8 posted on 04/26/2006 11:58:03 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Arrest Mary McCarthy!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Thanks....love the mother that is "proud" of her son...he only owned up to it because he was caught..and his lawyer told him to plea bargain...


9 posted on 04/26/2006 11:58:46 AM PDT by Txsleuth (...)
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To: prairiebreeze
Sowande A. Omokunde

Stage name ?, joke ?

10 posted on 04/26/2006 11:59:10 AM PDT by TheOracleAtLilac
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To: prairiebreeze
Justin Howell was the only one who did not take part in the plea deal, and jurors found him not guilty.

His loser buddies so hate him right now. I hope they are going to PMITA prison.

11 posted on 04/26/2006 12:00:16 PM PDT by rattrap
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To: prairiebreeze
John Kerry never said one thing condemning these actions done on behalf of his campaign.

It only shows how out of touch he is with the real world and the meaning of right versus wrong. And to think he came close to being POTUS.

12 posted on 04/26/2006 12:00:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: TheOracleAtLilac

No, that's one of those made up, almost African sounding names the libs like to humiliate themselves with. Like Jafari Washington.


13 posted on 04/26/2006 12:03:21 PM PDT by Safetgiver
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To: TheOracleAtLilac
Sowande A. Omokunde


14 posted on 04/26/2006 12:03:33 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Arrest Mary McCarthy!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze; Safetgiver
Moore.....so un defining

Omokunde...yeah, dats da ticket

15 posted on 04/26/2006 12:08:45 PM PDT by TheOracleAtLilac
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To: prairiebreeze
Michael Pratt:

Lewis Caldwell:

Lavelle Mohammed:


16 posted on 04/26/2006 12:12:17 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Arrest Mary McCarthy!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Also, its Late April 2006. It takes this long to prosecute these petty criminals?


17 posted on 04/26/2006 12:29:33 PM PDT by roverman2K6
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To: prairiebreeze

Maybe they will write to Edwin Edwards while they are in jail...


18 posted on 04/26/2006 12:30:36 PM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: Txsleuth

He took a hit for the party like a good comrade. If more Brownshirts for Kerry had done their dirty deeds (at whatever the cost), their boy John Kerry could have won the White House.


19 posted on 04/26/2006 12:32:28 PM PDT by weegee ("CBS NEWS? Is that show still on?" - freedomson)
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To: prairiebreeze

Good.


20 posted on 04/26/2006 12:36:11 PM PDT by lysie
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To: rattrap

He probably got a better lawyer then the others


21 posted on 04/26/2006 12:36:39 PM PDT by roverman2K6
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To: weegee

You are SO right...and every time Kerry opens his mouth, I am more and more convinced there had to be "divine intervention"...


22 posted on 04/26/2006 12:38:32 PM PDT by Txsleuth (...)
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To: prairiebreeze
prosecutors' recommendation of probation and no jail time

Wonder who got to him?

23 posted on 04/26/2006 12:49:30 PM PDT by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: frithguild
Sowande A. Omokunde, the son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee; Michael Pratt, the son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt
24 posted on 04/26/2006 12:59:09 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Arrest Mary McCarthy!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

Young Mr. Caldwell will certainly have a full dance card in the slam.


25 posted on 04/26/2006 1:04:49 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Join me! Every night I pray for Global Warming . (And I think it's beginning to work.))
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

ouch.


26 posted on 04/26/2006 1:11:28 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Arrest Mary McCarthy!!!)
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To: prairiebreeze; doug from upland; Squantos; Petruchio
Congresswoman Moore said, "I love my son very much. I'm very proud of him. He's accepted responsibility."

I'm sure you're really proud of your Dem operative, tire-slashing thug son, Congresswoman Moore!

27 posted on 04/26/2006 2:25:41 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: prairiebreeze
After re-reading this story again (I was familiar with it at the time of the election/arrests), I must admit getting a chuckle out of this writing:

Four Democratic presidential campaign workers were sentenced to jail time ranging from four months to six months Wednesday for puncturing the tires of Republican vehicles on Election Day 2004.

Which car maker builds "Republican vehicles"? That's right up there with the headline I saw in a local paper saying the SUV killed a kid.

28 posted on 04/26/2006 2:29:07 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
From the archives ---

DFU SONG: Brady Bunch (Supreme Solar Allah, really, slashes tires of GOP vehicles)
DFU SONGS | 11-2004 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland

Posted on 11/05/2004 11:24:46 AM PST by doug from upland

MIDI - BRADY BUNCH

Here's the story...Supreme Solar Allah
Friends, I swear to you I didn't coin that name
He had been out playing tricks and slashing tires
That's how he's come to fame

Here's the story...of his mom named Gwen Moore
She had raised him to hate the GOP
She will soon leave to go serve in Congress
Maxine she'll love to see

As we watch this story playing out with interest
We all know just where this thing is gonna go
Supreme Solar Allah was arrested
He's a victim as a black man, don't you know

You ought to know...you ought to know
He's arrested because he's black, you know

29 posted on 04/26/2006 2:34:41 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

If these weasels had done this to a Democrat for the local Bush re-election effort this would have been a scandal of Nixonian proportion...after all, we all know Bush lies.


30 posted on 04/26/2006 2:38:20 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: martin_fierro; libstripper
The story has been picked up on the AP wires and was published in the San Francisco newspaper, interestingly.
31 posted on 04/26/2006 2:44:07 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: prairiebreeze
Original story posted during Nov. 2004 Election:

30 Republican Party rented vans had tires slashed (Milwaukee, WI)

32 posted on 04/26/2006 2:45:07 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: TheOracleAtLilac
Sowande A. Omokunde

Kweise Mfume's love child?

33 posted on 04/26/2006 2:57:27 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: prairiebreeze; sistergoldenhair

Bump; ping.


34 posted on 04/26/2006 3:02:36 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: buccaneer81
Either that or Kunte Kinde (remember "Roots"?). :-)
35 posted on 04/26/2006 3:06:31 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: prairiebreeze

Omokunde was sentenced to four months, Mohammad to five months and Caldwell and Pratt to six months. All were granted work-release privileges.

@@@@@

What does "work-release priveleges" mean? They are going to spend 4 months of Friday nights and Saturdays in jail minus time off for good behavior, bringing the total sentence down to 4 Friday nights?


36 posted on 04/26/2006 3:07:23 PM PDT by maica ( We have a destination in mind, and that is a freer world. -- G W Bush)
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