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Trial begins in St. Joe County presidential ballot case

Updated: April 23, 2013 10:19PM



SOUTH BEND (AP) — A jury chosen to decide ballot fraud allegations against St. Joseph County’s former Democratic Party chairman is expected to hear evidence in the case through Thursday.

The jurors were chosen Monday for the forgery trial involving former Dem chairman Butch Morgan and party member Dustin Blythe.

The pair is accused of forging signatures on petitions to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state’s 2008 presidential primary ballot. Morgan faces two counts of conspiracy to commit petition fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery. Blythe faces nine counts of forgery and one count of falsifying a petition.

The South Bend Tribune reports that two other defendants in the case had already admitted their guilt and are awaiting sentencing.



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