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Voter Fraud is uncovered in the 2008 Primary which resulted in criminal convictions for several members of the Democratic Party, based on the work of Erich Speckin and Robert Kullman.

 

South Bend Tribune – Witness says Morgan told him to copy signatures

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April 24, 2013

Witness says Morgan told him to copy signatures ERIN BLASKO South Bend Tribune  

SOUTH BEND — “‘Don’t worry about it.’ That’s what Owen ‘Butch’ Morgan said to Pam Brunette when she told him she thought what they were doing was illegal. But as you’ll find out, Butch Morgan thought he was above the law.”

 

So began special prosecutor Stanley Levco on Tuesday, day two of the forgery trial involving Morgan, the former longtime head of the county Democratic Party, and party member Dustin Blythe.

Following a tedious day of jury selection Monday, day two began with opening statements by Levco and defense attorneys Jeffrey Kimmell and Mike Jasinski and progressed into witness testimony, including that of a forensic document examiner and former Voter Registration worker Lucas Burkett.

Morgan and Blythe are charged with conspiring to forge signatures on petitions to place then-presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state Democratic primary ballot in 2008.

Morgan faces two counts of conspiracy to commit petition fraud, a Class C felony, and two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, a Class D felony; Blythe faces nine counts of forgery, a Class C felony, and one count of falsifying a petition, a Class D felony.

Speaking to members of the jury, Levco said they would hear about how Morgan instructed Burkett and others to forge names on the Obama and Clinton petitions “in a creative way, so people won’t know what we’re doing.”

Also, he said, the jury would hear how, after being charged, Morgan conducted “strategy sessions” with his three co-defendants — Blythe, Pam Brunette and

Bev Shelton – concerning “how to beat the charges.”

In closing, “I promise you this,” he said, “after you’ve heard all the evidence in this case … you will be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that both of the defendants are guilty of all the charges.”

Blythe’s attorney, by contrast, described the prosecution’s case as reliant on the testimony of a disgruntled former party worker and admitted forger, Burkett, and two admitted criminals – Shelton and Brunette, who pleaded guilty to multiple charges in the case prior to the start of the trial.

“You’ll hear evidence pointing to the motivation of these witnesses to testify against the defendants,” Kimmell said.

He added that the jury would hear about how no one ever witnessed Blythe forge any petitions, and about how the state’s forensic document examiner could not match him to any of the allegedly forged signatures on the Obama and Clinton petitions.

“At the end of this case, contrary to what Mr. Levco said, you will have a lot of doubt,” he told the jury.

As for Morgan’s attorney, he described the alleged conspiracy as something that was carried out behind his client’s back.

“Butch Morgan had little if any input into the day-to-day operations of the Voter Registration office,” Jasin-ski said, adding, “The evidence will fail to show beyond any reasonable doubt that (he) is guilty of the crimes for which he is accused.”

Witness testimony

Following opening statements, Burkett, who worked as one of three Democratic appointees to the office of Voter Registration between January and August 2008 (he was appointed by Morgan, with whom he said he had a “cordial” relationship at the time) took the stand.

The investigation by The Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana that led to the charges in the case began when Burkett, through his friend and attorney Andrew Jones, with whom he helps coach the John Adams High School Mock Trial Team, approached the two publications with information about the alleged conspiracy.

Burkett testified that on Jan 21, 2008, a Monday, Morgan instructed him and others, including Brunette and Shelton, to copy signatures from a petition to place Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger on the ballot onto petitions to place Clinton and Obama on the ballot.

He said Blythe was charged with copying the same signatures onto a petition to place John Edwards on the ballot, but that Blythe switched and started copying onto the Obama petition after Edwards dropped out.

He said he never personally witnessed Blythe copying any signatures.

This went on for about five days, Burkett said, at which point he decided to stop. “I was new to the job, and very naive to the process,” he told the jury. “But later in that week, I realized what I was doing was illegal.”

He said he tried to convince Morgan that the signatures could be collected legitimately, but that Morgan insisted there wasn’t enough time. The deadline to submit petitions for nomination to the state Election Division in 2008 was Feb. 18.

Burkett testified that he continued to work in Voter Registration for another seven months before being asked to leave in August for what he considered to be legitimate reasons. It was not clear from his testimony Monday whether he was fired or resigned.

“I was a bad employee,” he said. “I was nervous, I was afraid. I also had health problems like hyper-thyroidism. I was a bad employee.” He also admitted to spending time on the computer listening to music and, later, to conducting opposition research for the Stephen Luecke campaign when he should have been working.

Burkett testified that he decided to come forward with the story after being threatened by Morgan at a Mardi Gras event at Democratic Headquarters in 2010. He said Morgan became upset when he started to leave before the end of the event and shouted, “Well, I kept you out of jail!”

During cross-examination, first Kimmell and then William Stanley, Morgan’s other attorney, attempted to discredit Burkett by portraying him as a disgruntled former party worker out to get Morgan and further motivated by a desire to escape prosecution.

Kimmel, for his part, repeatedly asked Burkett whether he had ever been promised immunity in exchange for his cooperation in the case, to which Burkett responded that he had not.

Kimmell also pointed out that, as a student at Adams, Burkett was a member of the mock trial team, where he acted as a witness. “So you have some experience with this,” he said, to which Burkett responded, “There’s a big difference between a real trial and a fake trial, I can tell you that.”

Stanley, meanwhile, noted that, in addition to forcing Burkett out at Voter Registration, Morgan also backed Democrat Tim Scott and not Burkett’s friend, fellow Democrat Jones, when the two ran for South Bend Common Council in 2008.

“That upset you, didn’t it,” he said.

Stanley also touched on the period surrounding Burkett’s departure from Voter Registration.

Allegedly, Morgan approached Burkett at the time and said he had spoken to county Prosecutor Mike Dvorak and then-county Commissioner Steve Ross, both Democrats, and that the two had agreed not to charge Burkett with ghost employment so long as he resigned.

As Stanley saw it, Morgan was trying to help Burkett by keeping him out of jail.

Burkett, however, didn’t see it that way.

“Accusing someone of ghost employment, I would not consider that helping someone,” Burkett said.

Dvorak, whose forged name appears on one of the Obama petition pages, would later testify that he never discussed such a deal with Morgan, nor was he aware of any such discussions having taken place.

Stanley also questioned Burkett’s decision to give the story to the press and not the police.

Later, in re-cross, Levco asked about that. “Is it fair to say you had more trust in the press than the prosecutor’s office?”

“Absolutely,” Burkett responded, noting that, at the time, he believed Dvorak had been involved in conversations with Morgan regarding what he now, with the benefit of hindsight, assumes was a made-up ghost employment investigation.

Courtney King, the state’s other key witness Tuesday, took the stand later in the afternoon, following a break for lunch.

A forensic document examiner with the state police, King testified to comparing the handwriting on a number of the questioned petition pages to the known handwriting of Blythe, Morgan, Brunette and Shelton at the request of the state.

She said she identified Blythe as having filled out the majority of the hand-printed portions of eight pages of the Obama petition, including printed names, dates of birth, addresses and city and town or zip code information.

She said she could not say for sure whether Blythe wrote the signatures on those pages, partly because the known samples he provided lacked enough lower-case letters. But she also could not rule him out as the author, either, she said.

In scientific terms, she said, there were either “indications” Blythe wrote the signatures or it was “probable” he wrote the signatures. As a rule, forensic document examiners do not deal with percentages. However, “probable” indicates “strong evidence,” she said.

Erich Speckin, a forensic document examiner hired by The Tribune to examine some of the same documents back in 2011 came to more or less the same conclusion.

King also found evidence of Morgan’s handwriting on some of the questioned petition pages. Among other things, she concluded he was the “probable” writer of one entire entry, signature included, on page 49 of the Obama petition.

Asked by deputy prosecutor Christopher Fronk if forensic document examination is a scientific field, King said, “Yes, it is.”

The trial resumes today with the cross-examination of King by the defense. Kimmell provided a hint as to how that might go in his opening Monday, when he said of forensic document examination, “It’s not a science.”

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South Bend Tribune – Primary Forged?

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October 9, 2011

South Bend Tribune – Archives

ERIN BLASKO and KEVIN ALLEN Tribune Staff Writers  

The signatures of dozens, if not hundreds, of northern Indiana residents were faked on petitions used to place presidential candidates on the state primary ballot in 2008, The Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana have revealed in an investigation.

Several pages from petitions used to qualify Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the state’s Democratic primary contain names and signatures that appear to have been copied by hand from a petition for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger. The petitions were filed with the Indiana Election Division after the St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office verified individuals’ information on the documents.

The Tribune faxed county Prosecutor Michael Dvorak two petition pages containing his name and signature on separate occasions over the past two weeks. He confirmed the signature on the page included in the first fax but did not respond to the second.

Spokeswoman Lora Bentley later said the prosecutor could no longer comment on the matter because it was now under investigation.

Falsifying a ballot petition is a Class D felony in Indiana. According to Dale Simmons, co-legal counsel for the Elections Division, the statute of limitations for Class D felonies is five years.

‘Terribly obvious’

The Tribune has talked with more than 30 people whose names are on both the Clinton and Schellinger petitions. All but one of them have confirmed their purported signatures on the Clinton petition are not genuine.

Erich Speckin, a forensic document analyst, examined the petitions at the request of The Tribune and Howey Politics.

He said there is clear evidence, based on the consistency of the handwriting, that about 10 pages in the Obama petition were filled in by the same person, and another person apparently filled in nine pages. He said it’s possible another two people filled in several more pages. Each page in the petition contains up to 10 signatures.

“It’s obvious. It’s just terribly obvious,” Speckin said, pointing to one of the writer’s idiosyncrasies repeated throughout the petition’s pages.

Consequences

The full extent of the fakery, which appears to be limited to the state’s 2nd Congressional District and specifically St. Joseph County, is not yet known. The situation, however, calls into question whether either Clinton or Obama, both of whom were U.S. senators at the time, should have been on the Indiana primary ballot.

Candidates for president, senator and governor must submit ballot petitions signed by at least 500 registered voters in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts to quality for the statewide ballot.

Clinton edged Obama by about 2 percentage points in the Indiana primary but lost the overall Democratic nomination. Obama, of course, went on to be elected president, defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in the general election.

County voter registration offices are responsible for verifying that those who sign the petitions are registered voters in that county. Staff in the offices check to make sure each signer’s name, birth date and home address match the information on his or her voter registration card.

The chairs of the two major parties, Democratic and Republican, each appoint one member to serve on the two-member voter registration board in the county. They also appoint a first deputy and three staff members each to work in the voter registration office.

In St. Joseph County, certified petitions are stamped, initialed and signed by both members of the board – Republican Linda Silcott and Democrat Pam Brunette, in the case of the Obama and Clinton petitions – and then returned to the person who submitted the petition.

That person is then responsible for delivering the petition to the state Election Division by noon on the final day candidates can declare they’re running for office. In 2008, that deadline was Feb. 18.

The front of the Clinton and Obama petitions bear a stamp and the initials “pb” for Brunette, whose signature appears on the back of the petitions beside Silcott’s.

Brunette said she had not heard any complaints about invalid signatures on the 2008 presidential petitions. She said the office’s employees typically wouldn’t know if a signature had been forged unless someone else calls attention to it.

“We’re not handwriting analysts,” she told Howey Politics, “so our job is basically making sure that the papers are complete.”

Brunette added that a huge volume of petition pages circulate through voter registration in advance of the candidate filing deadline.

Identifying the person or persons responsible for petition irregularities is not a simple task. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of volunteers participated in the Clinton and Obama petition drives in the 2nd District, both independently and as part of candidates’ official campaigns.

Receipts that would have included the names of people who submitted the petitions no longer exist. Silcott said voter registration is required to keep those records for only two years. But Speckin says further analysis could likely reveal who faked the signatures.

Inconsistencies

The people contacted by The Tribune who denied signing the Clinton petition included ordinary citizens but also County Council member Mike Hamann, former county sheriff and auditor Joe Nagy, county attorney Pete Agostino and two South Bend police officers.

Capt. Phil Trent, the spokesman for the city’s police department, looked at pages from the Clinton and Schellinger petitions where his name appears. He confirmed that his signature was valid on the Schellinger petition, but said he did not sign the Clinton petition. What’s more, Trent added, whoever signed the document in his name wrote his birth date incorrectly.

Some reacted with shock and confusion when told their names and signatures were on petitions for the presidential candidates.

South Bend resident Robert Hurst told Howey Politics that he wouldn’t have signed a Clinton or Obama petition, because, “I liked both of them, and I didn’t decide until Election Day.”

Several signatures, including those of county Democrat Party Chairman Owen “Butch” Morgan, appear multiple times on the Clinton and Obama petitions.

Morgan initially did not respond to several requests via phone and in person to comment on his signature and on the petition process for this story. His attorney, Shaw Friedman, later responded in an e-mail that questions should be directed to him.

The Democratic chairman’s name and signature appear three times on the Clinton petition – as “Owen D. Morgan,” “Owen B. Morgan” and just “Owen Morgan.” One of the signatures is marked “duplicate” on the page, but the other two appear to have been accepted by voter registration.

In addition to being chairman of the county Democratic Party, Morgan also is chair of the 2nd District for the Indiana Democratic Party.

Howey Politics also identified similar groupings of names on the Clinton, Obama and Schellinger petitions. In most cases, the corresponding signatures do not appear to match.

One person’s last name became “Miller” instead of “Gillis” when it was copied over to the Clinton petition. Another’s last name originally was written as “Wesser” before the writer wrote “Webber” over it.

“Most people can sign their name and also print it,” Speckin, the handwriting expert, said of such errors. “Even at a low-level education, most people can cash their paycheck. … I don’t think I’ve ever misspelled my first or last name since the first grade.”

He noted that none of the names on the Schellinger petition is corrected or misspelled, because legitimate signatories will almost never make such mistakes.

“That’s a good (example) of what happens when people sign petitions,” he said.

Speckin is an internationally known forensics document analyst. His firm, Speckin Forensic Laboratories, is headquartered in Okemos, Mich.

Speckin says he has worked on more than 50 ballot-petition cases in many states during his career.

The Obama campaign and the Office of the Secretary of State did not immediately respond Friday afternoon to separate e-mails seeking comment on the faked signatures.

Staff writer Erin Blasko: eblasko@sbtinfo.com 574-235-6187 Staff writer Kevin Allen kallen@sbtinfo.com 574-235-6244

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South Bend Tribune – Obama signatures might have fallen short

Obama signatures might have fallen short Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Election Fraud Indiana,

Faked names on ’08 primary petitions could have kept Obama, and possibly Clinton, off Indiana ballot.

South Bend Tribune (IN)

October 14, 2011

Obama signatures might have fallen short

ERIN BLASKO Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND — Minus suspected fakes, then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama

likely fell short of the number of signatures needed to appear on the 2008 Indiana primary ballot, and

it’s possible his opponent, Hillary Clinton, did as well, according to information obtained by The

Tribune as part of an investigation into suspected ballot petition fraud.

Trent Deckard, Democratic co-director of the state Election Division, in an e-mail Thursday told The

Tribune Obama’s 2008 petition for primary ballot placement in the state contained 534 certified

signatures in the 2nd Congressional District. Clinton’s petition contained 704 certified signatures, he

said.

Presidential candidates must collect at least 500 signatures in each of the state’s nine congressional

districts to appear on the statewide primary ballot in Indiana.

As reported Sunday, The Tribune, in conjunction with Howey Politics Indiana, has uncovered scores

of fake signatures on both the Obama and Clinton petitions in the 2nd Congressional District and

specifically St. Joseph County.

Dozens of people whose signatures appear on the Clinton petition have told The Tribune they did not

sign the document, and Erich Speckin, a forensic document analyst hired by the paper and Howey

Politics identified at least 19 suspected fake Obama petition pages.

Those Obama pages account for more than 100 signatures, meaning, minus the fakes, the former

senator likely would not have qualified for ballot placement in the state.

Whether Clinton, a former senator and now secretary of state under Obama, would have qualified is

harder to determine. The Tribune has identified 35 fake signatures on her petition in the district at this

point.

That said, Speckin identified a number of suspected fake Clinton petition pages as well.

Clinton narrowly defeated Obama in the Indiana primary, and Obama won the state in his general

election victory over John McCain.

If Obama had not been on the ballot in Indiana, it would not have changed the outcome of the primary

election. The former senator and current president won the Democratic nomination for president

despite losing to Clinton in Indiana.

There is no evidence Clinton or Obama knew about the fake signatures. Voter registration offices

across the state certified both candidates’ petitions, as did the Election Division.

No one challenged the petitions at the time.

Responding to the ballot question, state Republican Party Chair Eric Holcomb said in a statement

Thursday: “I’ve consistently said Barack Obama earned his narrow victory in Indiana. If these new

allegations are true, that’s no longer the case. He wouldn’t have visited the state 48 times and aired

countless commercials because he wouldn’t have even been on the primary ballot.”

Holcomb, who has called on the Department of Justice to investigate the Clinton and Obama

petitions, also responded to a report that the suspected fake Obama petition pages passed through the

county voter registration office on days when the Republican member of the office was out.

“The evidence currently suggests this was clearly not a clerical error or simple oversight,” Holcomb

said. “Multiple crimes have been committed in a brazen violation of the public trust against the people

of Indiana and our electoral process.”

As reported by The Tribune on Wednesday, the pages in question bear the stamped signature of

Republican Linda Silcott. That indicates Silcott, who missed a number of days of work in early 2008

because of the death of her husband, was out at the time the documents passed through the office.

“With this latest development that the Republican board member was not even present to confirm the

validity of these fraudulent signatures, yet another set of questions is raised,” Holcomb said.

“Were the forged forms purposely shepherded through the process knowing she was out of the office

and approval would come easily? Where did the vetting process break down or was it meant to? …

What knowledge did the Obama and Clinton campaign teams have of the effort to collect fraudulent

signatures?”

Holcomb also suggested St. Joseph County Prosecutor Mike Dvorak, whose office is looking into the

Obama and Clinton petitions, “recuse himself from any investigation being conducted by his office.”

“Believing Prosecutor Dvorak is a victim of this crime, it’s essential to maintain complete impartiality

in investigating this important case,” he said. “Therefore he should step aside and cooperate with

those assigned to the investigation.”

Dvorak’s name and signature appear twice on the Clinton petition. He told The Tribune one of the

signatures is his but did not respond to a question about the validity of a second signature sent to him

a few days later, saying the matter was now under investigation.

The state Democratic Party declined to comment on the ballot question Thursday. It did, however,

question the Election Division’s signature totals for Obama and Clinton in the 2nd District.

In an e-mail, the party provided to The Tribune an electronic file of a report released by the division a

day before the deadline to file in 2008. The report, generated by a Statewide Voter Registration

System petition module, indicates 580 total signatures for Obama in the 2nd District and 734 for

Clinton.

In a previous statement, party Chair Dan Parker said he supported an investigation into the fake

petition signatures but asserted that, even without those signatures, both Clinton and Obama would

have qualified for the ballot.

“Both had their signatures in well in advance of the deadline,” he said. “Both had more than enough

signatures. Both would have qualified. If you look at every petition, both would have had more than

500 signatures.”

Even 580 Obama signatures, though, would not be enough to make up for more than 100 signatures

the handwriting expert says were not legitimate. It will take further analysis to determine whether

there are enough faked signatures to push Clinton’s legitimate total below 500.

Staff writer Erin Blasko: eblasko@sbtinfo.com 574-235-6187

© Copyright 2011 South Bend Tribune. All rights reserved.

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South Bend Tribune – Dem chair rejects call to resign

Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Election Fraud Indiana,

South Bend Tribune - Dem chair rejects call to resign

October 15, 2011|KEVIN ALLEN | Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND — The chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party is rejecting a Republican call for him to step down in light of recent news that hundreds of local signatures were faked on petitions used to qualify the party’s presidential candidates for the Indiana primary in 2008.
Butch Morgan, the county’s Democratic chairman since 1995, said Friday through his attorney, Shaw Friedman, that there is no reason for him to resign.

“There is no evidence that Butch Morgan condoned, authorized or directed the forging or alteration of any of the questioned petition signatures,” Friedman wrote in an e-mailed statement to The Tribune.

“Butch Morgan is known as a hard worker and a strong campaigner for his candidates,” Friedman said, “but he will not engage in or tolerate unethical or illegal conduct. That’s one of the reasons he’s had the support of the precinct organization and

On the WebFollow all The Tribune’s coverage of this issue at http://www.southbendtribune.com/forgery.so many elected officials all these years and has helped build one of the stronger campaign organizations in the state.”

Deb Fleming, chairwoman of the St. Joseph County Republican Party, issued her call for Morgan’s resignation earlier this week after The Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana published an article Sunday revealing hundreds of northern Indiana residents’ signatures were faked on petitions used to place Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the 2008 primary ballot.

The Tribune reported in another article this week that the county’s bipartisan voter registration office certified the pages in question during a period in early 2008 when Linda Silcott, the Republican head of the office, was out on bereavement leave. There likely are enough forged signatures that their exclusion would have meant Obama and possibly Clinton lacked enough to be on the ballot.

According to Kip Tew, former chair of the Obama campaign in Indiana, the St. Joseph County Democratic Party was among the groups and individuals that helped collect signatures to put Obama on the ballot in 2008. “Without a doubt,” he said.

But that is not uncommon, Tew noted. Local party organizations often participate in petition drives on behalf of candidates for federal office.

Candidates for president, governor and U.S. senator in Indiana need to collect 500 signatures from registered voters in each of the state’s nine congressional districts to qualify for statewide ballot.

Friedman said Morgan, who also is chairman of the state’s 2nd Congressional District for the Indiana Democratic Party, doesn’t remember — nor should be expected to remember — all of the volunteers who helped the party collect petition signatures during the 2008 campaigns.

Fleming clarified in an interview Friday that she does not believe Morgan was actively involved in the apparent fraud.

“I don’t think (Morgan) personally went out and solicited these signatures,” she told The Tribune, “but he is the one that appointed the people that work in voter registration, and he’s definitely the one who sets the tone and expectations for the people that work in the (Democratic) organization … so the buck has to stop with him whenever any egregious activity like this occurs.”

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak has opened an investigation into the suspicious petitions.

The heads of both the state Democrats and Republicans have voiced support for a federal probe. Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb sent a letter Friday to the U.S. Department of Justice, requesting such an investigation.

“What I want to know going forward is what happened, who was involved and what the appropriate punishment is for that crime,” Holcomb said in a news release.

Indiana Democrats also continue to support the investigation into what state Chairman Dan Parker called “this isolated incident in St. Joseph County.”

“We want to know who committed this act,” Parker said in a statement, “and we want that person held accountable. Like Republican Chairman Holcomb said, the focus right now needs to be on finding the person responsible in this case.”

Tribune staff writer Erin Blasko contributed to this report.

Staff writer Kevin Allen: kallen@sbtinfo.com 574-235-6244

 

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South Bend Tribune – Vote worker tied to fake petitions

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SOUTH BEND — A Mishawaka man has been linked to some of the pages filled with fake signatures submitted as part of Barack Obama’s petition to be on the 2008 Indiana primary ballot.

A forensic document analyst hired by The Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana identified Dustin Blythe, 37, by matching the handwriting on his voter registration card and two political petitions with that on nine suspicious pages from the Obama petition.

The analyst, Erich Speckin, concluded that all of the printing on the nine pages definitely is Blythe’s, and the signatures likely are his, as well.

“That’s speaking only forensically,” Speckin said. “That doesn’t even address the common sense that if he is definitely the one who printed all of the other information and he is most likely the one who signed them, he is that much more likely to be the guy. It’s just common sense.”

It is legal on political petitions for anyone to write the printed name, birth date and address of a person, but only the person named is allowed to sign the document.

Blythe isn’t the only person whose handwriting reoccurs on the suspicious petition pages. Speckin said it appears Blythe and three other people filled more than 20 pages of the Obama petition.

Also, a source who claims direct knowledge of the petition faking told The Tribune there were seven people, including Blythe, involved in the effort. That source’s comments were made before Speckin made his analysis, and Speckin arrived at his conclusion without knowledge of the source’s comments.

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