The “voter fraud” fraud

The FBI couldn’t find any forgeries, and the U.S. Attorney decided that he couldn’t prosecute people for voting fraudulently when they’d gotten ballots in the mail, sent by the state. But the Republicans had lost a close election, so the U.S. Attorney got fired for not convening a grand jury to harrass innocent people. Next time you read about “vote fraud,” think about this case.

Just in case you had any doubts that Republicans’ attempts to gin up hysteria about “voter fraud” are … well, fraudulent … consider that Bush fired his own appointee as U.S. Attorney in Seattle for refusing to prosecute where he and the FBI had found no evidence of a Federal crime.

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. Books: 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) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: