Sentence handed down for man who falsified Nebraska petition

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May 17, 2010

LINCOLN, Nebraska: A man who falsely swore to signatures collected for a 2008 ballot initiative has been sentenced to 160 days in jail. Mark Brown was charged with three felony counts of false swearing to a circulator's affadavit, according to reports. Brown, from Tulsa, Oklahoma was paid on a per signature basis for a 2008 ballot initiative that would prohibit the state from discriminating on the basis of race.[1]

However, suspicion arose when the signatures collected had an unusual pattern, and then were found to be false signatures, believed to have been written in by Brown. The measure that Brown was circulating eventually made it onto the ballot. The measure was approved by Nebraska voters with a vote of 58% to 42%. Supporters described the impact of the measure as banning government-sponsored racial preferences and opponents described it as being anti-affirmative action.

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