Ex-DOJ Voting Rights Chief On Voter Fraud Probe
October 20, 2008
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Joe Rich, who from 1999 until 2005 ran the voting section in the department's civil rights division, and is now at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, told TPMmuckraker that the ACORN investigation is "much worse than what happened in 2006."
Joining former US attorney David Iglesias and a number of former top Department of Justice Department voting-rights officials in criticism of the ACORN probe as an inappropriate politicization of the department, Rich was referring to an indictment for voter fraud against four ACORN voter-registration workers, filed by Bradley Schlozman, an interim US attorney in Kansas City, just five days before a close Missouri Senate election. Schlozman later was investigated for possible perjury after testifying to Congress that he was "directed" by main DOJ to pursue the indictment, then filing a "clarification" in which he took "full responsibility" for the prosecution. Rich summed up the situation by saying, "There is no shame."