Skip to comments.Milwaukee man gets 9 months in jail for voting twice in 2012 election
Posted on 03/04/2014 3:48:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
A Milwaukee man was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail, with work-release privileges, for voting twice in the 2012 presidential election.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Leonard K. Brown, 56, to more than a year in prison, a harsher punishment than handed down in the few other cases of double voting.
"I'm shocked, to be honest, that the state thinks this is a prison case," defense attorney Christopher Hartley told Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Timothy Witkowiak. "It's outrageous."
Hartley said Brown is caught in the political debate over making voters show photo ID to vote, with one side trying to show that existing laws work to catch and punish illegal voters, and the other saying cases like Brown's illustrate the problem of voter fraud.
"This court is not the place to get involved these political considerations," Hartley said, adding that prison should be reserved for defendants who pose a danger to the community.
At first, Witkowiak seemed to follow Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf's recommendation, announcing 15 months in prison followed by 15 months of extended supervision. But Witkowiak suspended that sentence in favor of two years of probation. The jail time eight months for the three convictions related to the double voting in 2012, plus another month for four counts of voting from the wrong address in other elections is a condition of the probation. If Brown violates any of the probation requirements, he might have to serve the prison term.
Landgraf had recommended $1,200 in fines for the four lesser offenses, but Witkowiak said that, because they're going down as felony convictions, Brown already will have to pay a $250 DNA testing charge for each of the seven counts.
As a convicted felon, Brown also loses his right to vote until his civil...
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In Wisconsin that means until all fines are paid and he has completed any probation. I think that sentence is too light. There are worse consequences if an election official wrongly questions a voter's right to cast a ballot. Topsy turvy!
Milwaukee voter who voted twice in 2012 sentenced to 9 months in jail.
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some folks in Ohio are worried.
NOT. Holder has their backs.
Here I thought that such a thing was now perfectly legal in today’s America. /sarc
Funny how the pressitutes can always manage to learn their name,age,sentence,address, but never how they voted.
One man! No mention of the other millions who did the same but voted for thier guy, he probably voted against the rats.
My guess is he voted for the Dems, but how exactly would the press figure out how he voted? Name, age, sentence, address are public records. How he voted is (obviously, and thankfully) not.
I firmly believe that the penalties for Voter Fraud/Intimidation and/or Ballot tampering/manipulation should be on a level that no one in their right mind would ever think about risking it.
Seriously. What is the price paid for each and every one of US to enjoy the right and privilege to cast our ballot? Think long and hard about that and then come up with a suitable penalty.
Some ideas that I have are permanent loss of the ability to vote. It should be a felony that requires severe prison time as well as steep financial penalties.
One should also lose claim to any benefits that are derived from the taxpayers (tax exempt status) for organizations like SEIU, ACORN, Planned Parenthood OFA, and so on, that encourage or sponsor Voter Fraud efforts.
Please add your suggestions and your thoughts.
Well 9 mos in the slam is a pretty suckey prospect.
Either party....it sends a good message.
Not long enough in my honest opinion.
The men and women that sacrificed their all for this right should be taken into account.
ya, that you’ll be out in time for the next election.
Not sure I see the need to jail um. But if you vote more than once. your done. no more voting for you. EVER.
Voter fraud is a danger to society. More damage can be done by doing it than many “violent” crimes.
IMHO, it should be classed as treason.
BTW, did the article say who he voted for? I suspect democrat down the line with Obama being the featured candidate.
Yep. Same with a crime committed with a firearm.
Should be a hanging offence......
I don’t know. Is it against the law for a presstitute to ask him?
I doubt they even ever try.
Bring back public hangings. Or at least floggings! ;)
This is on the same leveas treason. Much worse than a even a mass shooting because your fraud affect millions of people not just the victims and a few of their relatives.
For argument’s sake lets just say Øbama was fraudulently elected (not a stretch I know) now the whole country has to live under the tyranny of Øbamacare.
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