Vote Fraud Trial Begins For Obama And Clinton Staffers

Vote Fraud Trial Begins For Obama And Clinton StaffersThe trial is underway for a former Democratic official and a Board of Elections worker who are accused of being part of a plot that has raised questions over whether President Obama’s campaign — when he was a candidate in 2008 — submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the presidential primary ballot.

‘Petition fraud’

The two face charges of orchestrating an illegal scheme to fake the petitions that enabled then-candidates Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to qualify for the race in Indiana.

Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. faces multiple felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe is charged with nine felony forgery counts and one felony count of falsely making a petition of nomination. The proceedings began Monday in South Bend. Two former Board of Elections officials have already pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme and could testify against Morgan and Blythe.

‘Forging the petitions’

Former board worker Beverly Shelton, who allegedly was assigned the task of forging the petitions for Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty in March to charges of forgery and falsely making a petition. The board’s former Democratic head of voter registration, Pam Brunette, pleaded guilty in April to felony forgery, official misconduct, and falsifying a petition.

Under state law, presidential candidates need to qualify for the primary ballots with 500 signatures from each of the state’s nine congressional districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County, which is the 2nd Congressional District, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton’s camp had 704.

Do you believe there is still an honest politician in this world? What do you think will be the outcome of this trial?

Source: Eric Shawn, Fox News

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Indiana’s Cody Zeller Plans To Enter NBA Draft

Indiana's Cody Zeller Plans To Enter NBA DraftCody Zeller has been considered a top prospect in the 2013 NBA draft for the duration of his sophomore season. With that in mind, it’s still a bit surprising to learn the big man will reportedly declare his intention to enter the draft on Wednesday afternoon.

‘Surefire lottery pick’

After his excellent freshman campaign, many scouts and analysts had pegged Zeller as a surefire lottery pick, but the seven-footer elected to return to Indiana for another chance at glory in 2012-13. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers fell short in the 2013 NCAA tournament, getting bounced by the Syracuse Orange in the Sweet 16.

Instead of sticking around for a third attempt at a national title and taking his chances in a potentially loaded 2014 draft class, Zeller has decided to leave school early.

‘Uncanny ability’

While March Madness shortcomings may have hurt Zeller’s stock, he’s still a lottery lock due to his big frame, efficient scoring (16.5 points per game on 56.2 percent shooting in 2012-13) and uncanny ability to run the floor and be effective in transition.

ESPN draft expert Chad Ford has the center going to Philadelphia at No. 11 overall this year, while we have him falling to Portland at No. 12 (membership required). However, the big man only improved his averages from 15.6 to 16.5 points per game and 6.6 to 8.1 rebounds per game. His field-goal percentage and steals dipped, while his assists remained stagnant and his turnovers went up.

Is entering the NBA draft a good move for Cody Zeller? Do you think he will be included in the top five?

Source: Alex Kay, Bleacher Report

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