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Self-Wrecking Pols Take 'Public' Out of 'Republican'

Darkness Fish Wrote: Mar 24, 2013 8:05 AM
"The legislation is designed to attack fraud in petitions, and it appears from reports that there were indeed forged signatures on petitions turned in for a couple of 2012 ballot initiatives. The problem is that no one has been charged with a crime." I suspect that this crime is difficult to prosecute successfully since the act of forging a signature, when done reasonably well, disguises the handwriting of the perpetrator, leaving no forensic evidence. And while circumstantial evidence is not completely without merit, without any corroboration, such as eye-witness testimony, charging someone with this crime would be problematic at best. Other than that, excellent column.
MoreFreedom Wrote: Mar 24, 2013 3:47 PM
This legislation likely hold petition gatherers responsible for the accuracy of the signers, rather than holding a signer responsible for writing a false name.
pjacob Wrote: Mar 24, 2013 11:23 AM
Here an individual is swearing on a legal document before a notary public. Often times there is evidence beyond the petitions, too. The problem isn't the difficulty of prosecuting, in my humble opinion and experience, but that such prosecutions aren't sexy, i.e. they don't make headlines for prosecutors.

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