- Posted June 6, 2014 by
Alabama Sheriff Defies Supreme Court Blocks Inmates From Voting
But information in the halls of the state capitol this morning revealed storm clouds brewing, and by noon many were angrily discussing what took place in Barbour county. What appears to be multiple incidents of election fraud, and a calculated plan to win-at-all-costs by the sheriff, quickly began to unravel.
Chief among them were documents presented late this afternoon to the Reporter of what appear to be irrefutable evidence of significant fraud in the absentee ballot count that were heavily in Upshaw’s favor. From evidence confidentially shared with us, and confirmed by officials, signatures in the same handwriting for absentee ballots with different names that were counted for Upshaw seem to indicate systemic fraud. Information we have obtained from those speaking on the strict condition of anonymity, are that significant sums of money changed hands for this to occur and for those responsible for checking it, to turn their eyes the other way on Upshaw’s behalf. If this is proven true, then criminal charges will likely follow.
Even perhaps even more disturbing than the potential fraudulent absentee ballots is evidence that a targeted voter suppression list was developed with a local attorney and key supporter of Upshaws. This list was reportedly designed to suppress those who were known to support a candidate other than Upshaw. One example of this was our own Robbie Pelham. Reportedly the legal criteria for such a list were those that had convictions of felonies on file with the circuit court and clerk. However, we have learned that this procedure was not followed and know personally of several people, like Pelham, who were strongly against Upshaw and even with no felonies on their records, mysteriously got added to the list.
No one this afternoon at the Attorney General’s office nor the Secretary of State’s office could determine where these lists came from and what criteria was used to generate them.
“IT IS BELIEVED, SAID ONE OFFICIAL, THAT THE CIRCUIT COURT AND CIRCUIT CLERK’S OFFICES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT, BUT WE CANNOT VERIFY THAT IN BARBOUR COUNTY AND SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES AT PRESENT. WHY NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THIS IS EXTREMELY TROUBLING”.
If that was not troubling enough, in what may be the most criminal example of fraud in recent memory, is an apparent concentrated effort by the Sheriff, and those supporters in County’s legal community, to defy a state supreme court order that mandated all prisoners in the county and city jails, and perhaps close to 2,000 inmate sat Ventress in Clayton, and Easterling in Clio, be given the opportunity to vote. “This would be serious offense for a sheriff to knowingly do this,” was what one official informed us. Jail officials, when questioned, told us “under no circumstance was Upshaw going to let them vote or he would obviously lose”. They, in strict confidence, felt this “was morally wrong” but said they “had families and jobs to protect and had to do what they were told”. The Reporter has documented multiple attempts by a minister ordered by law to have access to visit inmates in the Barbour county jail that were rebuffed by Upshaw’s department in recent months. Attached below is a copy of the state’s settlement that prevents Sheriff Upshaw, or the Warden’s in Ventress or Easterling correctional facilities, from preventing these prisoners from exercising their constitutional right to vote.
With now at least several thousand votes in question, fraudulent ballots reportedly counted, illegal lists denying those who are eligible to vote for candidates opposing Upshaw the opportunity, no one has any clear idea what the results of the election actually were. What we do know is when those who’s votes were illegally suppressed actually vote and enter the count then the results are expected to be radically different and more than likely in Chief Benefield’s and Richard Peterson’s favor.
But potentially the most criminal of all the allegations that surfaced regarding the election, is one that could have federal agents asking tough questions, is an alleged effort involving a Judge and the Sheriff to delay a capital murder trial that could reveal especially damaging information about Sheriff Leroy Upshaw.
According to trusted and confidential source inside the legal community,
JUDGE BURT SMITHART, PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE 3RD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AND ITS DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN REEVES, “WORKED OUT A DEAL” WITH SHERIFF UPSHAW TO DELAY A CAPITAL MURDER TRIAL THAT WOULD REVEAL EXCEEDINGLY GRAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHERIFF’S CONDUCT AND HOW HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN OPERATED CRIMINALLY. ONE ATTORNEY INTIMATELY FAMILIAR WITH THE CASE VERIFIED THE STATEMENT AND TOLD US IN CONFIDENCE, THAT “UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN UPSHAW AFFORD FOR THE DETAILS OF THAT CASE TO BECOME PUBLIC IF SO, NOT ONLY WOULD HE NOT HAVE A PRAYER OF BEING REELECTED, AND HE COULD FACE SERIOUS CRIMINAL CHARGES”.
The trial they spoke of, we have learned involves capital murder charges that are filed against Willie James Dickerson in the 2012 murder of Willie Pugh from Clio Alabama. Dickerson has been in custody and held without bail since Jan of 2012. Dickerson has maintained his innocence since being detained and repeatedly offered to take a polygraph test.
Multiple people who had information about the case have mysteriously died or gone missing the past year, including the lead investigator David Morris who admitted knowledge of evidence being planted by law enforcement at the crime scene. There has as well been the unusual death of Receeta Kennedy who was working as an undercover informant for a state narcotics team who were targeting a drug network that included members of the county’s law enforcement. Oddly to many in the law enforcement community, Kennedy was announced by the Sheriff’s dept and Clio Police department, as having died of natural causes before the results of a toxicology test were even known. “Definitely a red flag”, said one highly experienced law enforcement told us. “This along with the fact that her body lay in a fairly open area for over seventy days that was reportedly searched by the Sheriff and there was no decomposition ? None of it makes any sense to me”, he said.
At this point with what appears to be a comprehensive effort on multiple levels to subvert the will of the voters and change the election results so that Leroy Upshaw could stay in office, we can only hope the state and federal authorities will investigate. If these men have conspired to steal the election from the three honest candidates who opposed Upshaw, and defied a supreme court order in doing it, we as a community, need to make them pay the price for such behavior.
We spoke with Pastor Kenny Sharpton Glasgow who was responsible for suing the state initially to enforce the voting rights for incarcerated individuals, and whom the conservative Alabama Supreme Court sided with told us,
“what makes it even worse in Barbour county is the low value put on an innocent mans life, all for an election and to keep people in power, a real example of the Devil at work” said Pastor Kenny Sharpton Glasgow. What we are talking about here is an election for the chief law enforcement officer of a county that was stolen by breaking the law….the truth will come out so help me God”!