Wednesday, June 22, 2005

East St. Louis "$10 per vote" trial drags on...

The latest on this vastly underreported story is here, from the Belleville News-Democrat. Once again, the judge for the trial had to ask the jury to leave the courtroom, after more "untrue" allegations were brought up in court.

Hey, for $15.00 a day, the jurors are getting a great physical fitness workout.

Several defendants, all St. Clair County, Illinois Democratic operatives, are on trial for allegedly running a scheme to buy votes last November.

But all good things come to an end, as the article stated:

The trial of the five defendants began three weeks ago, and (Judge) Murphy assured the jury the end was in sight.

Huffington Post contributor and elections expert Jim Lampley has yet to issue his opinion on the East St. Louis vote-buying case. He may be waiting for the New York Times to cover this exercise in grass-roots capitalism.

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