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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Petition to Prosecute Lori Sotelo

Posted by on November 23 at 13:00 PM

Just in time for the holidays, a group of voters has started an online petition urging King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng to charge Lori Sotelo with perjury.

Sotelo, you may recall, is the King County Republican leader who, days before the recent election, challenged the voting rights of almost 2,000 local voters, claiming “under penalty of perjury” that she knew they were illegally registered. She’s had to retract more than 150 of those challenges so far, due to the fact that she was wrong in issuing them, and that’s led to the calls for her to be prosecuted for perjury. So far, Maleng’s office has not said what it will do about the numerous requests that he take legal action against Sotelo.

To add your name to the petition urging Maleng to do something, click here.

UPDATE: WashBlog has some very fun reporting from a recent challenge hearing, where Ms. Sotelo was grilled by an attorney for the Democrats, confronted by a voter wearing his Purple Heart award, and apparently advised by her attorney not to answer a number of important questions. An official ruling on all the contested challenges is set for this coming Monday, Nov. 28.

Also see: Here and here.