Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH / May 21, 2020
A former elected official in Philadelphia who accepted large payments from a political consultant to stuff ballot boxes for Democratic judicial candidates has pleaded guilty as part of a continuing federal investigation.
The Justice Department announced Thursday that Domenick J. DeMuro, 73, who was an election judge in South Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive city voters of their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing ballot boxes in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections.
DeMuro, a judge for the 39th Ward, 36th Division, also pleaded guilty to violating the Travel Act, which forbids use of any facility in interstate commerce—in this case, cellphones—with the intent to promote certain illegal activity—in this case, bribery.
The Justice Department said the case is part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police.
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The judge of elections is an elective office and a paid position in Pennsylvania municipalities responsible for supervising the local election process.
“DeMuro fraudulently stuffed the ballot box by literally standing in a voting booth and voting over and over, as fast as he could, while he thought the coast was clear,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said.
“This is utterly reprehensible conduct,” McSwain said. “The charges announced today do not erase what he did, but they do ensure that he is held to account for those actions.”
During his guilty plea hearing, DeMuro said an unnamed political consultant gave him directions and paid him money to add votes for certain Democrats who were running for judicial office. Their campaigns had hired the consultant.
DeMuro also admitted to casting illegal votes for other candidates for federal, state, and local offices at the consultant’s request.
Prosecutors said the political consultant solicited monetary payments from his clients in the form of cash or checks as “consulting fees,” then used some of the money to pay election board officials, including DeMuro, to tamper with the election results. DeMuro said payments ranged between $300 to $5,000.
In a press release, McSwain said:
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. If even one vote is fraudulently rung up, the integrity of that election is compromised. I want the public to know that this investigation is active and ongoing, and my office is taking every possible step that we can to ensure the integrity of the upcoming primary and general elections in the nine counties of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Citizens of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania should be confident of election integrity, said Capt. Leo Hannon, director of the special investigations division of the Pennsylvania State Police.
“As this investigation clearly illustrates, the Pennsylvania State Police will relentlessly pursue any breach of the sacred trust bestowed upon our public officials,” Hannon said in a prepared statement. “Our agency is proud to partner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the United States Department of Justice as a whole to root out corruption at any level of our government.”
The probe is a positive step forward in prosecuting voter fraud, said former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group.
“Right now, other federal prosecutors are aware of cases of double voting in federal elections as well as noncitizen voting,” Adams said in a written statement, adding:
Attorney General William Barr should prompt those other offices to do their duty and prosecute known election crimes. Those who are considering election crimes should take note of U.S. Attorney McSwain’s work. Now, they have something to fear before they violate federal election laws.
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29th June 2020 2 mins reading
UPDATE: St. Louis police are investigating the mob for trespassing and fourth-degree assault by intimidation.
Hundreds of protestors called for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Sunday night as they made their way to her house chanting “resign Lyda, take the cops with you.”
As the protest went by, a couple stepped out of their home carrying guns at about 7:30 p.m. Mark McClosky, 63, was carrying a rifle while his wife Patricia, 61, had a handgun which she pointed at the protestors.
The group of approximately 300 protestors gathered after Mayor Kewson gave out the names and addresses of activists pushing for police reform. Krewson released the information over Facebook Live on Friday afternoon, reports KMOV4.
The two are personal-injury lawyers and work at the McCloskey Law Center in the city. Many are criticizing the couple online while others are showing them support.
Mark McCloskey said he and his family were eating dinner as the protestors passed through an iron gate that said “Private Street” and “No Trespassing.”
The protestors can be seen walking through the gate on a video that was posted to social media.
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear of our lives,” McCloskey said.
“This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
Many mainstream media reports about the incident painted the couple in a negative light and failed to disclose that the mob were uttering violent threats and trespassing on private property.
An online petition calling for Mayor Krewson’s resignation has received over 40,000 signatures so far. The people calling for her resignation claim Krewson doxed people by sharing the information over Facebook. A spokesperson for the mayor noted that the information was all public record.
“Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone,” said Krewson in a statement. “The post has been removed and again, I sincerely apologize.”
Tishaura Jones, the St. Louis City Treasurer posted a tweet that said: “The Mayor’s actions not only endanger her citizens, it is also reckless.”
Multiple police associations gather in grave concern over Congressional candidate Raul Ruiz’s open support of cop killers.