Not satisfied with tampering with the Ohio election, the Republicans in that state are now attempting to get revenge on the courageous attorneys who challenged the election:
In a stunning legal attack, Ohio's Republican Attorney General has moved for sanctions against the four attorneys who sued George W. Bush et. al. in an attempt to investigate the Buckeye State's bitterly contested November 2 election.
Robert Fitrakis, Susan Truitt, Cliff Arnebeck and Peter Peckarsky were named by Attorney General James Petro in a filing with the Ohio Supreme Court. Petro charges the November Moss v Bush and Moss v. Moyer filings by the Election Protection legal team were "frivolous." Petro is demanding court sanctions and fines.
"Instead of evidence, contesters offered only theory, conjecture, hypothesis and invective," the Attorney General's January 18th memo about the suit said. "A contest proceeding is not a toy for idle hands. It is not to be used to make a political point, or to be used as a discovery tool, or be used to inconvenience or harass public officials, or to be used as a publicity gimmick."
But Cliff Arnebeck says it has been Petro and Ohio's partisan Republican Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell, who have stonewalled the election challenge legal proceedings. Both have refused to submit any evidence to the court to refute the allegations in the election challenge case - claiming George W. Bush did not win a majority in Ohio - and Petro's office has also refused to allow any Ohio public election official to be deposed.
The Outrage Meter has been broken, I think, after having been past the Maximum reading for some time.
But if Petro and his fellow Rethugs want to keep these issues alive and in front of the public, there's no better way to do it. However, the attorneys need money to fight these sanctions:
The four attorneys have promised to bring "a wheelbarrow full of evidence" about voting irregularities to court, but they need our help to make that happen. They need $28,000 by February 4th to pay for photocopying (including 20 copies of thousands of pages of evidence), for attorneys, paralegals to help prepare the mountain of evidence, expert witnesses, phone and other communications costs, travel, research, and developing exhibits (as in, poster-sized charts and graphs that Kenneth Blackwell doesn't want you to see).
The Ohio Republican Party: working hard to strip you of your voting rights. GAH!