SC Election Robbers Face Court Challenge
Could justice finally be coming to the perpetrators of the most insidious political scandal we’ve ever covered? Not likely … although for the first time since this deal went down, some long overdue scrutiny is being applied to one of its critical components.
We’re referring of course to the “Richland County Robbery” – a $1.2 billion theft perpetrated on the people of Richland County, S.C. via a rigged election last November. This heist has already been upheld by the S.C. Supreme Court – without comment. Meanwhile the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) is refusing to investigate it despite irrefutable evidence attesting to the flagrant illegality of the vote.
Also the tax increase that passed as a result of this rigged vote is being collected already.
So it’s a done deal, right? Right …
However one component of the robbery – the legislative takeover of the local election commission that precipitated it – is receiving a long-overdue challenge.
First, some background: After county residents narrowly rejected this tax hike in 2010, liberal Republican and Democratic leaders of the local legislative delegation decided enough was enough. With the approval of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, they passed a law seizing control of the local election commission and installed their hand-picked puppet as its leader.
This puppet proceeded to rig the election - targeting excessive shortages of voting machines in county precincts that voted against the tax hike two years earlier (possibly working in direct coordination with her intimate relations in the pro-tax movement).
These election machine shortages – which flagrantly violated state law – produced wait times of up to seven hours in staunchly anti-tax districts, which resulted in widespread suppression of the anti-tax vote.
The result? A narrow “victory” for the tax hike – and a new job and a lifetime pension for the puppet.
But was the legislative takeover which led to this sorry progression of events legal?
One judge says “no.”
Earlier this week, S.C. Circuit Court judge G. Thomas Cooper ruled that Act 17 of 2011 – a.k.a. the legislative takeover – was unconstitutional.
FITS is endeavoring to obtain a copy of Cooper’s ruling, but it represents the first real shot across the bow of the leaders who pulled off this theft – which we maintain is one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice South Carolina has ever seen.
Let’s hope more South Carolina officials in all branches of government start showing Cooper’s courage.
Agree or disagree with this tax hike – an election was stolen to pass it. And we cannot allow that to go unchallenged.
UPDATE: Here is Cooper’s ruling …