Thus Rick Scott defends the “sacred right” to vote—having tried to snatch it from 180,000 citizens.
Illegal Voter Sentenced to Federal Prison
by Barry Sussman
From Florida comes another installment in the “no crime is too small to prosecute” department. The American criminal justice system currently enjoys a world-wide reputation for turning molehills into mountains and the upward trend in prosecuting minutia shows no sign of abating. Proponents of criminalizing legal trivialities often claim to subscribe to the “broken windows” theory of policing under which it is asserted that failure to prosecute minor crimes is an invitation for offenders to commit more serious violations. Regardless of what legal justification is employed, the idea that only “serious” offenses warrant federal prosecution has been turned on its head by prosecutors who are alternatively looking to pad resumes with meaningless convictions, move up the judicial-corporate ladder or simply do God’s work by punishing all perceived evil-doers.
Josef Sever, 52, an Austrian national and Canadian citizen who has lived in Florida since 1992 but never obtained U.S. citizenship, admitted to having voted in two presidential elections despite his status as a non-citizen. Sever was indicted by a federal grand jury in August of 2012 for falsely impersonating a U.S. citizen in order to vote. Federal investigators began looking at Sever earlier this year when he was identified as a possible illegal voter by state officials in Florida.