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  •  Umm.. about that (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, CA wildwoman

    You call for "formal indictments" and then link to civil cases.  There is only one entity in the country that can bring about "indictments" and it ain't the ACLU.  Its the DOJ (or their state level equivalent) and it is statutorily impossible to charge someone with a crime for executing the duties of their office.  

    Anyone can bring a civil case and if the courts agree that a law is unconstitutional they can overturn it.  None of those cases involve the DOJ or anything approaching an "indictment".  Criminal law is not Civil Law.

    And the criminal statutes you list are for illegal acts done by private citizens.  

    These Voter Suppression tactics were passed in open sessions of state legislature in accordance with Florida's rules of lawmaking.  They passed two houses.  They were signed by the Governor.  They were enacted and enforced by the appropriate State officials.

    This is not conspiracy or fraud.  They promised to do this in their campaigns.  They ran ads talking about how important this is to prevent voter fraud.  They talked about it in town halls.  The people of Florida AGREED and voted in a large majority to the State House.  They then did exactly what they promised.

    There is nothing criminal about it.  You can challenge the laws (which we did A LOT in this election cycle) and you might win (which we also did A LOT).  You can convince Floridians that these people are d-bags that need to be voted out, though that appears to be an uphill battle.  but neither YOU nor the ACLU are allowed to prosecute ANYONE and the DOJ has no grounds here for a criminal complaint.

    They could have passed a law to reinstate Slavery in Florida.  If the Governor didn't veto it, the courts would have struck it down, but NO WHERE would there be grounds to criminally prosecute a single state official.

    But be careful flinging around legal terms and criminal accusations.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 04:05:30 PM PST

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    •  ACLU were examples (0+ / 0-)

      This was the thrust of my disorganized comment:

      it sure seems like indictments could be in the works in Florida too but take it beyond state & approached as a civil rights issue
      At the Federal level iow's - the DOJ

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