[Pnews] Judge sentences Edward Pinkney to at least 2.5 years for election fraud

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Mon Dec 15 17:40:31 EST 2014


  Judge sentences Pinkney to at least 2.5 years for election fraud

WSBT-TV Report <http://www.wsbt.com/about/21796082>
POSTED: 06:33 AM EST Dec 15, 2014
*http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/berrien-co-community-activist-found-guilty-of-election-fraud-to-learn-fate/30235286*

Edward Pinkney of Benton Township was taken away in handcuffs Monday.

Pinkney said he did nothing wrong and that he was disappointed in the 
jury and the system that found him guilty of changing the dates on 
several recall petitions.

The judge responded by reminding Pinkney he was a habitual offender and 
then sentenced him to two and a half to ten years in prison.

A large group of protestors chanted and held up signs outside the 
Berrien County Courthouse today following the sentencing of Pinkney.

Pinkney argued the jury who convicted him of five felony counts of 
election forgery was wrong and that he was innocent.

"I know I did nothing wrong. And I am very disappointed in the system 
itself," he said.

Pinkney and his attorney asked the judge for leniency in sentencing, 
pushing for probation.

However, the prosecution asked the judge to pass on a harsher sentence.

Pinkney's lengthy criminal past had a impact on his sentencing.

His first run in with the law was 1988 for assault with a dangerous 
weapon out of California, followed in 1990 by a theft conviction out of 
St. Louis, Missouri, then in 1999 was convicted in Berrien County of 
embezzlement and in 2007 was convicted 4 felony counts of violating 
election laws.

This year's case is 5 felonies for election forgery. That brings the 
total to 12 felonies, with 9 of those related to interference with the 
election process.

Pinkney served about 18-months in prison for the 1999 conviction, all 
other cases he got probation on.

The judge said he was against probation this time because Pinkney did 
not seem to be reformed from his last probation opportunity and getting 
involved again with interfering with the election process.

The judge received more then 100 letters of support for Pinkney, but 
noted that many letters were duplicates.

He said of all those he received only one letter was from a resident of 
Southwest Michigan.

The judge noted that he felt many of the letters were written by people 
who had "opinions based on misconceptions" of the realities of what is 
really going on in Southwest Michigan.

WSBT 22's Denise Bohn was at the courthouse today and will have a full 
report tonight on WSBT 22 News at 5 and 6.

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    Copyright © 2014, WSBT-TV

  * Details of the case are at http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14501


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