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Five Democratic activists ordered to stand trial for tire slashing
AP via CBS 2 Chicago ^ | GRETCHEN EHLKE | February 15, 2005

Posted on 02/15/2005 7:17:34 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John

MILWAUKEE (AP) Five Democratic campaign staffers talked excitedly about how they carried out a plan to vandalize Republican get-out-the-vote vans early on Election Day, according to witnesses who testified at their preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Barry Phillips ordered the five, including the sons of Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore and former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt, to each stand trial on a felony charge of criminal damage to property.

Two Democratic presidential campaign workers who were sent to Wisconsin in the final weeks leading up to Nov. 2, Levar Stoney and Opel Simmons, testified they were in the Milwaukee Democratic headquarters when the five defendants left just after 3 a.m. Election Day and returned a short time later.

Simmons said the five were laughing and joking as they talked about what they had collectively done at the Republican office a couple of miles away.

Stoney testified that defendant Michael Pratt, the former acting mayor's son, talked about slashing a couple of tires, and Moore's son, Sowande Omokunde, also talked about the vandalism.

``I remember him saying he missed on his first attempt to slash a tire, yet he went back and was successful on his second attempt,'' Stoney said.

The five are accused of slashing the tires of 25 vans rented by the state Republican Party to drive voters and monitors to the polls on Election Day. The GOP rented more than 100 vehicles that were parked in a lot next to a George Bush campaign office.

The charge carries a maximum punishment of 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Also charged were Lewis Caldwell and Lavelle Mohammad, both from Milwaukee, and Justin Howell of Racine.

Both Simmons and Stoney testified the five defendants left the Democratic headquarters dressed in black early on Election Day. Simmons said when he asked where they were going, Pratt replied ``you don't want to know.''

Simmons said that the five returned about 20 minutes later.

``They seemed to be excited, excitable, kind of gleeful, laughing and kind of joking,'' he said.

Pratt said ``we got 'em and they're not going anywhere now,'' according to Simmons. Stoney said at least one of the five had a knife, but he could not recall which one.

Defense attorneys suggested Simmons and Stoney were also part of a plan called Operation Elephant Takeover, formulated by Democratic campaign workers to harass Republicans by plastering the GOP office and property with Kerry-Edwards signs and bumper stickers in the hours before the polls opened for Election Day.

Prosecutors contend the five defendants came up with the tire-slashing plan after Operation Elephant Takeover was dropped because a security guard was posted a the Republican office.

The five are each charged with a felony because prosecutors say damage to the vans rented by the Republican Party was more than $5,300, above the $2,500 necessary for a felony.

Howell's attorney, Rodney Cubbie, moved for dismissal of the charges because the vans were rented by individual Republican Party volunteers and not by the whole party.

Phillips denied that motion. The commissioner scheduled arraignment March 4.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: brownshirtsforkerry; cheeseheadsforkerry; democraticparty; democrats; democratscheat; dnc; elephanttakeover; goons; gwenmoore; johnkerry; kerryedwards; marvinpratt; wistolenelection
The Democrats are the party of diversity and tolerance.
1 posted on 02/15/2005 7:17:37 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
I smell a "larger conspiracy" and these 5 did "not act alone".. we need a new investigation to hunt down those responsible.

=o)

2 posted on 02/15/2005 7:20:40 PM PST by GeronL (The Old Media is at war with the New Media...... We are all Matt Drudges now.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

I'm surprised the prosecutor is seeking felony convictions. Good for him.


3 posted on 02/15/2005 7:23:50 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

It is 5 Democrat activists, not Democratic. They are anything but Democratic.


4 posted on 02/15/2005 7:24:04 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

I love it.

Payback's a witch, isn't it? And justice apparently can be blind.


5 posted on 02/15/2005 7:25:11 PM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

Where are the feds on this? A blatant effort to keep citizens from exercising their right to vote.


6 posted on 02/15/2005 7:26:03 PM PST by digger48
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To: bahblahbah

Thanks for posting what I was thinking. We're all democratic.


7 posted on 02/15/2005 7:26:50 PM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: bahblahbah

Someone on National Review defined 'Democratic activist' as: "a damn troublemaker". Believe he may be our Webster.


8 posted on 02/15/2005 7:26:56 PM PST by OkieDoke
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
the five defendants left the Democratic headquarters dressed in black early on Election Day.

These guys were really on the ball huh?

9 posted on 02/15/2005 7:26:59 PM PST by Gumption
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To: GeronL
They are part of the wider Wisconsin voter fraud case that has found nearly enough false or incorrect ballots to turn Wisconsin red. I heard on Quinn's show (www.warroom.com) that an on going investigation has uncovered voter fraud to the tune of 13,000 votes in Wisconsin. Kerry won by slightly more that 16,000 votes.
10 posted on 02/15/2005 7:27:23 PM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT- B.F.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

"Democratic Activists"? The AP spin police in action.

They are Democrat Party MEMBERS.

There was NOTHING democratic about what they did.

As for the use of the word "activist", that is just AP spin to somehow make them look like freedom fighters agains the eeeeeeeeevil republicans.


11 posted on 02/15/2005 7:28:05 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: infidel29

Good, maybe I can eat some cheese again =o)


12 posted on 02/15/2005 7:29:06 PM PST by GeronL (The Old Media is at war with the New Media...... We are all Matt Drudges now.)
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To: longtermmemmory

Do they have an explanation for these "activists" turning on each other?


13 posted on 02/15/2005 7:29:51 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

Great news. Low level operatives of The Democratic Crime Syndicate.


14 posted on 02/15/2005 7:31:20 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
This is excellent news. They should get the max because it will corrupts our political system if they get a slap on the wrist.

including the sons of Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore and former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt

These two people should know better, obviously they the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

They see political corruption on a daily basis and think they can get away with anything.

Both should be made to stand on the street corner for a couple of years every weekend with sandwich boards telling painted with a "I Love G. W. Bush" on both sides.

15 posted on 02/15/2005 7:32:19 PM PST by Popman
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

It's wrist-slappin' time!


16 posted on 02/15/2005 7:32:21 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Defense attorneys suggested Simmons and Stoney were also part of a plan called Operation Elephant Takeover, formulated by Democratic campaign workers to harass Republicans by plastering the GOP office and property with Kerry-Edwards signs and bumper stickers in the hours before the polls opened for Election Day.

Prosecutors contend the five defendants came up with the tire-slashing plan after Operation Elephant Takeover was dropped because a security guard was posted a the Republican office.

Unbelievable.....if this had been any rogue Republicans the MSM would be all over it. Dan Rather would have come out of enforced early retirement just for this. Even in Watergate, a completely failed wire-tapping of the wrong phone even, none of the Cubans sliced tires to stop people from voting.

17 posted on 02/15/2005 7:32:24 PM PST by xJones
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To: GeronL
I wonder what Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and Jesse Jackson would do if it turned out that the real story was that the democrats , not the republicans were into stealing elections.

Who am I kidding, they'll denounce everything and continue to whine and cry about Ohio.

18 posted on 02/15/2005 7:33:03 PM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT- B.F.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

We'll see how many leftists testify against them. That will be educational.


19 posted on 02/15/2005 7:33:55 PM PST by Petronski (Oh for Heaven's sake....)
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To: infidel29
I wonder what Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and Jesse Jackson would do if it turned out that the real story was that the democrats , not the republicans were into stealing elections.

I'm sure they already know, but they probably won't care.

20 posted on 02/15/2005 7:34:14 PM PST by GeronL (The Old Media is at war with the New Media...... We are all Matt Drudges now.)
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To: GeronL

Too true


21 posted on 02/15/2005 7:35:57 PM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT- B.F.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

This is the only evidence I've seen of people being disenfranchised and it was the Democrats that were the bad guys taking away an American's right to vote.


22 posted on 02/15/2005 7:37:42 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Support Our Troops, Spit On A Reporter)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Howell's attorney, Rodney Cubbie, moved for dismissal of the charges because the vans were rented by individual Republican Party volunteers and not by the whole party.

How could that possibly make one single bit of difference? Sheesh.

These pukes will get a slap on the wrist and mums and daddums will pay their fines for them.

"Oh Rochester! Get out the broom and sweep this mess under the rug immediately!"

23 posted on 02/15/2005 7:39:35 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: longtermmemmory
"Democratic Activists"? The AP spin police in action.

They are Democrat Party MEMBERS.

And one is the son of a congresswoman (Gwen Moore), the other the son of the former acting mayor of Milwaukeee (Marvin Pratt). Hardly fringe characters.

24 posted on 02/15/2005 7:41:56 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: infidel29

When did you hear this on Quinn? I haven't had the time to listen to him since the beginning of the semester. Got a lot of catching up to do.


25 posted on 02/15/2005 7:43:23 PM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: GeronL

This really should be a RICO action.


26 posted on 02/15/2005 7:46:20 PM PST by Fred Hayek
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Defense attorneys suggested Simmons and Stoney were also part of a plan called Operation Elephant Takeover, formulated by Democratic campaign workers to harass Republicans by plastering the GOP office and property with Kerry-Edwards signs and bumper stickers in the hours before the polls opened for Election Day.

How is this a defense? They planned to break different laws? Somone explain what this is trying to say, it looks like a "yea, we're guilty, but um, we meant to break another law first, and we premeditated breaking laws already"

Howell's attorney, Rodney Cubbie, moved for dismissal of the charges because the vans were rented by individual Republican Party volunteers and not by the whole party.

So if I rent a car, and you vandalize it, thats okay?

Even though your damaging somone elses property? This isn't a civil trial, its a criminal one, what kind of defence is this?

27 posted on 02/15/2005 7:47:02 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Fred Hayek
This really should be a RICO action.

I think so to.

I honestly think, if you plea one of these guys out, you may start to move up the chain, and start nailing big fish.

The defence attorney seems to be implying that this was a premeditated thing organized by the party.

28 posted on 02/15/2005 7:48:50 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

"The Democrats are the party of diversity and tolerance."

Well, if so, then the diverse and tolerant people in my own community keyed the Bush/Cheney bumpersticker off of my car when it was parked in Madison, WI.

"The commissioner scheduled arraignment March 4."

Thank you. My calendar is marked and we'll see what wrist-slappin' these knobs get. Don't hold your breath; I'm not expecting much.


29 posted on 02/15/2005 7:49:24 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

30 posted on 02/15/2005 7:56:29 PM PST by FierceDraka (The Democratic Party - Aiding and Abetting The Enemies of America Since 1968)
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To: Sonny M

You made me laugh. Thanks.


31 posted on 02/15/2005 7:56:57 PM PST by Gumption
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To: Sonny M
All we need is some video and this would be a lead pipe cinch for "America's Stupidest criminals" ;'}
32 posted on 02/15/2005 7:58:05 PM PST by rockrr (Revote or Revolt! It's up to you Washington!)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

Notice too, how these wussies didn't get into trouble over being tough guys.

Liberals-NOT A REAL MAN AMONG THEM!


33 posted on 02/15/2005 7:58:54 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian ( Political correctness is incorrect. ><BCC>)
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To: Sonny M

Fostered violence against free vote.Roots explored by the brave.


34 posted on 02/15/2005 8:20:57 PM PST by noodler
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To: GeronL

I smell a "larger conspiracy" and these 5 did "not act alone"

They're like the Watergate burglers. The loose thread that unravels the whole fabric.


35 posted on 02/15/2005 8:25:15 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

Doesn't Moore's son go by some idiotic wacked out name? The great Solar something or other?


36 posted on 02/15/2005 8:25:21 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

What did sKerry know??????


37 posted on 02/15/2005 8:32:22 PM PST by Dallas59 (Bush said the "F" word 27 times January 20th, 2005!)
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To: mowowie
....and Moore's son, Sowande Omokunde, also talked about the vandalism.
38 posted on 02/15/2005 8:35:21 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

I looked it up on Yahoo. He's also known as Supreme Solar Allah.


39 posted on 02/15/2005 9:17:26 PM PST by mowowie
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To: infidel29
I heard on Quinn's show (www.warroom.com) that an on going investigation has uncovered voter fraud to the tune of 13,000 votes in Wisconsin. Kerry won by slightly more that 16,000 votes.

That margin of "victory" would be 11,300, give or take a couple dozen.

40 posted on 02/15/2005 11:17:28 PM PST by steveegg (The secret goal of lieberals - to ensure that no future generation can possibly equal theirs.)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

The Democratic Party is a criminal enterprise.

41 posted on 02/15/2005 11:18:03 PM PST by steveegg (The secret goal of lieberals - to ensure that no future generation can possibly equal theirs.)
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To: Ladysmith

I listen everyday so they all seem to blend together... maybe 2 weeks ago? He makes mention of it when any new news comes in about it. I think he said a Wisconsin state senator is behind the investigation.


42 posted on 02/16/2005 3:32:35 AM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT- B.F.)
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To: steveegg

Just going by the numbers given on the radio. They said they'll go public with the information if the numbers approach overturning the election.


43 posted on 02/16/2005 3:36:58 AM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT- B.F.)
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To: infidel29

Oooh, interesting! I wonder which one it is! Thanks, I'll just have to keep saving the archived shows for now.


44 posted on 02/16/2005 6:30:32 AM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: infidel29

No way the election could be overturned regardless the numbers. Simply since there is no way to determine with any certainty which candidate was the beneficiary of any fraudulent voting.


45 posted on 02/16/2005 6:37:29 AM PST by republicandiva
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To: mowowie
He's also known as Supreme Solar Allah.

Does he wear a cape?

46 posted on 02/16/2005 6:38:44 AM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: republicandiva
Unless they find duplicate ballots or fraudulent absentee and provisional ballots with JOHN KERRY on them.

That having been said, I think you're right. Bush won and the republicans will never push hard enough to make it matter that the dems are proven cheaters.

47 posted on 02/16/2005 7:30:25 AM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT- B.F.)
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To: infidel29
Bush won and the republicans will never push hard enough to make it matter that the dems are proven cheaters.

Exactly!!! BUSH WON! However, if Wisconsin's electoral votes had been in play to determine the outcome, our local headquarters was prepared to be overtaken by attorneys and turned into a battleground. Fortunately that wasn't necessary and I believe the national campaign feels further involvement to prove or disprove fraud in states like Wisconsin only causes more of a split between the parties and gives the appearance of "sore winners."

There's little doubt in my mind that Bush won Wisconsin not only in 2004, but 2000 as well.

48 posted on 02/16/2005 7:58:19 AM PST by republicandiva
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