Monday, April 11, 2011

Delco Candidate on Petition Forgeries

from the inbox:

M. Kendall Brown [Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney] and victims of longtime GOP loyalist Paul Summers demand that the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office let the victims in the Pat Meehan petition scandal have their day in court and resentence Summers based on the full scope of his crimes.

Early last week Summers pled guilty to being involved in forging signatures appearing on the nominating petitions last year for Republican 7th District U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan. In spite of the hundreds of fraudulent signatures proven by the Lentz for Congress campaign, Summers plea agreement acknowledges only seven counts of forgery and seven counts of false signatures. As a result, Summers is now sentenced to two years probation and fined $1,400--$100 for each count.

Contrary to Pennsylvania law, victims in the case were not notified about the proceedings and were not given their chance to explain how having their identities stolen impacted them. Now Brown is demanding that the victims have their day in court and that Summers’ punishment be more severe based on the merits of the case.

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