Republican accusations of vote fraud in 600 cases in Ohio. Republican special prosecutor checks them out, finds one actual instance of fraud. Yawn.
Republican prosecutor in Ohio says there was evidence of massive voter fraud, refers the case to a Republican special prosecutor who used to work for him. Special prosecutor checks 600 accusations, finds one actual case.
Republican prosecutor isn’t even embarrassed. I predict that the Wall Street Journal editorial page, NRO, and Glenn Reynolds won’t deign to mention this, and just keep chanting “ACORN! ACORN! ACORN” and go on to the next b.s. accusation.
Update Steve Benen picks up an aspect of the story I’d missed: the prosecutor who screamed “fraud!” and ordered the investigation was the regional chair of the McCain-Palin campaign.
Author: Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out.
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken)
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist
Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993)
Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989)
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