[Pnews] Jalil Muntaqim Receives Voting Pardon, But Future of Court Case Uncertain

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Fri Nov 20 11:29:18 EST 2020


 Jalil Muntaqim Receives Voting Pardon, But Future of Court Case Uncertain

by
*DARIEN LAMEN - November 19, 2020*

(ROCHESTER NY)--The man at the center of a GOP-generated voting controversy
in Rochester has received a conditional pardon from the governor.

According to a NYS Department of Corrections website, Jalil Muntaqim was
recently issued a conditional pardon that restores his right to vote while
on parole. The website was updated with the change within the last week.

The governor's office processes voting pardons for people on parole on a
monthly basis as a matter of routine, in accordance with a 2018 Executive
Order.

It's unclear whether this development will have any impact on a court case
in which the Monroe County District Attorney claims Muntaqim broke the law
by allegedly registering to vote in October, shortly after his release from
prison.

Muntaqim's supporters have said the charges in that case, which include two
felonies and one misdemeanor, *are politically motivated*
<https://www.reclaimingthenarrative.org/post/faith-and-community-leaders-call-on-da-to-drop-politically-motivated-prosecution-of-jalil-muntaqim>.


The DA filed the charges in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential
election, after local right-wing pundits and GOP leadership *accused
Muntaqim*
<https://www.reclaimingthenarrative.org/post/amidst-gop-outrage-advocates-say-there-s-nothing-controversial-about-restoring-the-vote-to-parolees>
of voter fraud and called for his prosecution.

Muntaqim's mother has said publicly that he mistakenly filled out a voter
registration form included in a stack of applications he received after his
release to facilitate his return to the community.

Muntaqim had been scheduled to appear in Brighton Town Court Monday, but
that court date was moved to next month.

With *grand jury selection suspended*
<https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2020/11/13/new-york-courts-suspend-new-jury-trials-amid-covid-surge/6280130002/>
in New York State due to rising COVID-19 rates, it's unclear when the case
will move forward. Unless, of course, the charges are dropped or dismissed.

--

*DARIEN LAMEN is news director/producer for Reclaiming the Narrative. He
can be reached at wxirnews at gmail.com <wxirnews at gmail.com>.*
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