Ex ACORN worker cops a plea on voter registration fraud charges

An East Hills man accused in the ACORN voter registration fraud probe pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in exchange for his cooperation in any state or federal investigation of his former employer.

Eric L. Jones, 20, pleaded guilty to four of 93 charges filed in May by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. As part of the deal, Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski sentenced Jones to two years of probation.

Defense attorney Scott Coffey told the judge Jones accepted responsibility for his actions, “but he was basically a foot soldier, and it was his supervisors who were really responsible. He has cooperated and will cooperate in the future.”

Jones was one of seven people charged in the local investigation of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. He is the first to be convicted, albeit on reduced charges of forgery, falsification and interference.

Zappala spokesman Mike Manko said in an e-mail that further investigation was on hold pending the results of a federal lawsuit in which ACORN challenged the law that bars the use of a quota system in voter registration drives.

via Ex-ACORN worker pleads guilty to lesser charges – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

About the Author

Politisite delivers the latest Breaking Political News, Debate Coverage, Election Results, Commentary and Analysis. We provide in-depth news with special reports and interactive political coverage. Politisite was a pioneer in internet political news gathering and dissemination. Politisite came live in early 1998 and become the first internet only news source to cover local, state, and national political campaigns, debates and elections. Before there were the terms Blog, Blogger, New Media, or Crowd-sourcing, Politisite was developing what has become the standard in political news coverage, long before most political sites were even conceived. The Name ‘Politisite” simply means Political Website.

Author Archive Page

2 Comments

Post a Comment