Monday, December 27, 2004

Self-Inflicted Gag Order or What's Blackwell Got to Hide?

Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell " is seeking a court order to keep himself from being interviewed as part of a court challenge of the Nov. 2 vote."

Blackwell claims his deposition is not required, and accused 37 voters challenging the election of "frivolous conduct."

Attorney General Jim Petro, representing Blackwell, said the voters "are not trying to actually contest the presidential election but are merely using this litigation to cast public doubt on the voting system of the State of Ohio without a shred of evidence."

On Dec. 21, officials learned lawyers for the voters planned to issue subpoenas to several high-ranking officials, including Blackwell, Bush and the president's political adviser, Karl Rove, according to Petro.

The state Supreme Court "should halt their ability to subpoena any person until such time as they make a good faith showing for the reason to take any deposition," Petro said in the court filing.

However in related news, " This afternoon, an attorney representing the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign filed two important motions to preserve and augment evidence of alleged election fraud in the November election."
The purpose of the motions is twofold: A) To preserve all ballots and voting machines pertaining to the Yost matter for investigation and analysis; and B) To make available for sworn deposition testimony a technician for Triad Systems, the company that produced and maintained many of the voting machines used in the Ohio election. The technician has been accused of tampering with the recount process in Hocking County, Ohio, though other counties are believed to have also been involved. Any officers of Triad Systems who have information pertaining to said tampering are likewise subject to subpoena for sworn deposition testimony.
And, so the big question here is... What has Blackwell got to hide? Today's filing by Kerry attorney's clearly shows evidence of doubt on the voting system of the State of Ohio.


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