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PA Dem Representative Babette Josephs caught FORGING SIGNATURES
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Petitioners who moved out of her district appeared with signatures when she entered her primary ballot against PA Rep. Brian Sims (D-Phila)...

http://www.keystonepolitics.com/2014/03/...re-atrios/

Quote:About 100,000 unique visitors a day enjoy the wry political observations of Philadelphia-based blogger Duncan Black (known to fans as “Atrios”) at his Eschaton blog, but evidently former representative Babette Josephs is not one of them.

Mr. Black’s name and signature appear on one of former Rep. Josephs’ nominating petitions, but he has attested, both in writing to the Keystone Politics team and in an affidavit submitted today to the Commonwealth Court, that the signature is a forgery.

Black has also confirmed that the signature listed below his, at the same address, is also not a real signature.

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Alisa Snyder is not even registered to vote at Black’s address. In fact, according to Black, “Alisa Snyder lived at the address for a bit but she moved to Boston in June 2012. Still there AFAIK. Certainly was not at address on March 2nd,” but acccording to the petition sheets notarized and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State by the Josephs Campaign, Black and Snyder live together and signed at the same time, in the presence of a Josephs campaign petition circulator, on March 2nd.

Black says:

“I was home for part of the day on March 2nd. I likely would have signed a petition if someone presented it to me as I generally do sign ballot access petitions whether or not I’m a supporter. No one came to the house on that day, nor did anyone approach me with a petition elsewhere.”

This alleged forgery is just one of over 400 deviations cited by Representative Brian Sims’s legal team in a complaint filed with the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court today, which argues that petitions filed by Rep. Josephs’ campaign have major flaws that could disqualify her candidacy in the May 20th primary election.

Some signatures appear to have just one issue according to the Sims camp, while others are alleged to have numerous abnormalities – incorrect date or address information, or handwriting that raises suspicion of multiple signatures completed by one person.

It is unclear whether Former Representative Josephs chose to challenge any of Representative Sims’ signatures. Today was the last day to file such a challenge. We will update our readers with any news of a challenge of Representative Sims’ petition signatures.

While the successful challenge of petition signatures in court does not necessarily mean a direct and intentional crime was committed, forgery is a crime that is punishable under Pennsylvania law. If a charge is brought against a circulator as a misdemeanor in the first degree, the sentence attributed to it is up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

If the charge against an alleged forger is sought as a felony of the third degree, the sentence is much more serious; those convicted could serve up to seven years in prison and be forced to pay up to a $15,000 fine. The highest classification of forgery offenses are as a felony of the second degree, carrying the weight of up to ten years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

Babette Josephs did not return our call requesting comment. We will update the story if we hear from her.

For a refresher on petition challenges, refer back to this excellent piece by KP’s Jake Sternberger, and make sure to follow @ckennedy124 and @keystonepol on Twitter for ongoing updates as this story develops.

UPDATE: Read the Sims petition challenge docs below:
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I'm sure there's no wrongdoing there and certainly nothing that warrants an investigation by the AG's office.
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AG Kane is on the horn with AG Holder right now trying to figure out how they can shine the light of truth on this issue.
tolerance for failure meter... LOW
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Anybody see a problem with this petition for a Democratic City Committeeperson?

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She's living with someone by the name of Richard Helms?
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Here's another one for comedic effect:

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There's nothing suspicious about that, .... it is common for those living in the same region to have similar speech patterns and accents.

It's reasonable to expect all those living on the same street to have uniquely the same hand-writing.




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Maybe they all had the same teacher as a child. Dodgy
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When I was considering running for State Rep I talked with someone that's been there before and the big thing is to get on the ballot and then if you have the legal backing (which the Libertarians now do) you challenge the other parties signature count. If someone is running unopposed then no one is questioning the signatures on a petition. This means they get away with falsifying records.
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I don't read cursive.
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