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L.B. DEAN, CONVICTED OF MANUFACTURING/DELIVER COCAINE, POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER COCAINE AND BAIL JUMPING VOTED IN MILWAUKEE NOVEMBER 4, 2008
Dean Case Just One of Over 90 Cases Referred to the Milwaukee County DA by the City of Milwaukee Election Commission
MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced today that charges have been filed against Mr. L.B. Dean, of Milwaukee, alleging he voted contrary to law as a felon unrestored to liberty. This criminal complaint is a result of the Elections Fraud Task Force, a joint effort of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
"I am grateful to the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, specifically Executive Director Susan Edman, for their attention to these important matters and their willingness to do the work necessary to ensure only those eligible to vote cast ballots," Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said today.
The criminal complaint alleges Dean voted in the November 4, 2008 general election contrary to law. Dean was convicted in 2003 in Milwaukee County for manufacturing/deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and bail jumping. He was imprisoned and supervised by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
The criminal complaint reinforces that Dean was advised by Corrections that he could not vote until his liberty was restored, or completed his sentence/field supervision.
The Elections Fraud Task Force was formalized in September 2008 as a cooperative, non-partisan effort to combat voter fraud in Milwaukee County. District Attorney John Chisholm and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced its creation on
September 17, 2008 in a Milwaukee press conference see news article. The work of the Task Force continues with the assistance of the Milwaukee Elections Commission. The Commission has referred over 90 cases to the Milwaukee County District Attorney.
"It is upon this vigorous review of the election materials and application of investigative and prosecutorial resources at the county and state level that these prosecutions are dependent. I am comforted by the diligence of the Commission and the productive efforts of our Task Force to protect the vote," the Attorney General went on.
Individuals charged with crimes enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.