Convicted for attempted election fraud…

…which is a violation of the Civil Rights of legally registered voters!
According to to today’s Washington Times Inside Politics Column:

The former Democratic Party chairman in East St. Louis, Ill., was sentenced yesterday to a year and nine months in federal prison for plotting to buy votes in the November 2004 election.
Charles Powell Jr., 62, also was fined $2,500. He plans to appeal.
U.S. District Court Judge G. Patrick Murphy decided against prosecutors’ request for a 33-month prison sentence, citing the one-time city council member’s public service, the Associated Press reports.
Prosecutors say votes were bought largely for $5 or $10 each, and many voters who accepted the money were also driven to polls in the city of about 31,000.
Five persons were convicted last summer in the scheme, which Powell was accused of orchestrating. Three of Powell’s co-defendants were sentenced to prison, while a fourth got probation.

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