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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Texas appeals court on Thursday upheld a five-year sentence for Crystal Mason, a Fort Worth woman who cast a provisional ballot in the 2016 election despite being ineligible to vote.

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So glad all that racism has disappeared in this country, right?

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-20 09:57 PM | Reply

The fact that her vote was never counted is irrelevant to her intent in casting it.

This...

In 2016, Mason was on federal supervised release for a prior conviction of tax fraud. She'd never been told she couldn't vote, a fact her probation officer testified to during her trial.

should be, imo, the information used to decided her punishment.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-20 10:28 PM | Reply

I am sure Jeff will be along to protest the egregious prosecutorial malfeasance in this case and demand all involved in the prosecution go to jail.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-20 11:00 PM | Reply

The Texas authorities can't afford to NOT persecute her because she's the cornerstone supporting their argument that they must pass draconian voter restriction laws so as to protect Americans from the rampant and widespread voter fraud that sweep the nation during the 2016 election, denying Trump the winning margin in the popular vote. However, the crux of the problem is that if she were to be found not culpable, and there's ample evidence to support that, there would be virtually NO evidence whatsoever that there was any voter fraud at all. Her freedom is being sacrificed so that the Right has a 'poster child' that they can point at and say, "See I told you there was voter fraud in this country." while conveniently ignoring the fact that a) there was virtually NO voter fraud anywhere, and b) Ms. Mason turns out to be a very poor example in making their case, because HER VOTE WAS NEVER COUNTED and therefore could NOT have contributed in any manner whatsoever to the margin by which Trump lost the popular vote.

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-21 01:59 AM | Reply

At this time all non-violent offenders should be released. We need to reevaluate our entire Justice System and put justice back into it. Keeping that woman in prison is not justice, it's an insult to the concept of justice. That Judge whould be thrown off the bench and disbarred for life.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-21 05:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Keeping that woman in prison is not justice, it's an insult to the concept of justice."

You are right.

That's the point.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-21 05:36 AM | Reply

And let's not forget the better than HALF MILLION Americans sitting in jail who have NOT been convicted of ANY CRIMES whatsoever, except that they're too poor to pay their bail while they await their trials, the vast majority of them, for non-violent offenses. This too is an insult to the concept of justice.

OCU

#7 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-21 12:07 PM | Reply

And keep in mind that these people who are too poor to pay their bail, since most states have now closed or severely curtailed their court schedules, they will most likely remain locked-up for the duration.

OCU

#8 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-21 12:11 PM | Reply

If she was white and her last name was Trump she would have been allowed to vote in 2 or 3
Places and not an eyeball would be batted.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-21 01:20 PM | Reply

Like the women who filled-out her recently deceased husband's absentee ballot in 2016, voting for Trump and then defending her actions by telling the poll worker, when she dropped off the ballot, that she had every right to do this because she KNEW that her husband WOULD have voted for Trump IF had been able to. We never heard whether any action was taken against her, and for all we know, they may have accepted the ballot and counted the vote.

OCU

#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-21 01:45 PM | Reply

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@#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-21 01:45 PM

Non-ignorant people know exactly what happened to her. I'm not sure why you never heard about any action...but are incapable of googling the information.
Please help me cure you of your ignorance.
fox2now.com

How often does an adult have to hold your hand and help you this way?

#11 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-03-21 07:45 PM | Reply

I think we can all agree the penalty was out of proportion the crime.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-21 07:50 PM | Reply

# 11. You already know the answer.

#13 | Posted by Yknot at 2020-03-21 08:34 PM | Reply

If Crystal Mason said she was ignorant of the fact that her voting rights were suspended after her FELONY conviction, she is lying like a rug. That is very common knowledge, and she does not look like an ignoramus. Every convict knows that they can not vote until they submit a petition of restitution after five years of release or completion of parole without incident. She got the sentence because she insulted the intelligence of the Judge and his court. BTW, this was in Federal Court, the state of Texas had nothing to do with it. She is now in a Federal Facility in Tarrant County, Fort Worth.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 07:19 AM | Reply

#14 | Posted by docnjo Additionally Ft Worth is about 30% black, y'all are going to tell me that this was an all white jury? That is very doubtful. On average Federal prosecutors have about a 97% conviction rate, most have the common sense not to go to a jury trial, they plea out. She didn't.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 07:31 AM | Reply

Additionally Ft Worth is about 30% black, Typo, 20%

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 07:50 AM | Reply

DOCNJO thinks he KNOWS things that he doesn't have any real way to know. So the only one we really know is lying is DOCNJO.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-22 09:17 AM | Reply

And how long was Mrs. Cook's prison sentence?

Since she was a poll worker, she also can't plead ignorance of the law.

OCU

#18 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-22 11:21 AM | Reply

#18 | Posted by OCUser Ignorance of the law is no excuse in any court. As a poll worker, she had to know the law, most poll workers have to sit through a 4-8 hour class to know the procedures and laws concerning voting and operation of a polling place.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-22 12:57 PM | Reply

Now do Flynn.

#20 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-22 01:25 PM | Reply

Now do Flynn.

#20 | POSTED BY BORED

Nice!

If it was the vote that allowed Humpy's corruption into our White House I might understand tho.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-22 02:57 PM | Reply

... the state of Texas had nothing to do with it.

You should tell that to the Court of Appeals Second Appellate District of Texas at Fort Worth that wrote the opinion this story to about. www.search.txcourts.gov

Seriously dude, stop writing about legal matters. It's obvious you don't have a ---- clue.

... y'all are going to tell me that this was an all white jury?

It was a bench trial. Like I said, no ---- clue.

#22 | Posted by et_al at 2020-03-22 03:22 PM | Reply

SO happy about this one!!!

#23 | Posted by Merovigan at 2020-03-23 01:05 AM | Reply

@#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-03-21 01:45 PM
Non-ignorant people know exactly what happened to her. I'm not sure why you never heard about any action...but are incapable of googling the information.
Please help me cure you of your ignorance.
fox2now.com
How often does an adult have to hold your hand and help you this way?

#11 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

So the lady who filled out her dead husband vote gets a misdemeanor and the lady who votes unaware that she can't gets 5 years?

Well, one is a White Republican voter and one is a Black Democrat voter, so I can understand the differing sentences.

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-03-23 01:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I never touched those kids, I just looked at the photos!"

- SycoSnoof

#25 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-23 02:34 PM | Reply

"I shot at the victim, but I missed! So it doesn't count".

That said, 5 years seems a bit harsh. But it shouldn't go unpunished.

#26 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-23 02:38 PM | Reply

5 years seems about right.
Hopefully they fined her into bankruptcy as well.

I'd also suggest cutting her down to 1/2 portions during her stay.
Learn her good.

#27 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2020-03-23 03:42 PM | Reply

#22 | Posted by et_al, A flipping bench trial? This chick had a death wish. Federal Judges are aren't known for leniency. I assumed this woman had some knowledge of the federal judicial system, she had already been convicted in one. You have a chance with a jury, with a judge none. I think she could get an appeal with the notion that she had inadequate defense. Sorry, I thought she had some sense of self interest. Getting a bench judgement in a federal court is a ticket to prison. Maybe she wants to be a martyr, I doubt anyone will remember her in five years. She is a nobody, like you and me.

#28 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-24 01:54 PM | Reply

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