Wednesday, March 19, 2008

News Star: Stone political workers to appear in court

Stone political workers to appear in court
Complaint alleges vote fraud against 50th Ward

At a recent CAPS meeting in the 50th Ward when the subject of court advocacy came up, Naisy Dolar, who lost last year's aldermanic runoff to Ald. Berny Stone, encouraged residents to attend another upcoming court hearing different from the usual tagger, drug-related and housing court cases.

Although it wasn't a violent crime, Dolar said, it was important for ward residents to have an interest in the case and follow it closely.

"The victims in this case are the people of the 50th Ward," Dolar said in a phone interview.

On Monday, two members of Stone's political organization will appear in a preliminary hearing in Cook County's criminal court division set for 11 a.m. in Room 101 at 26th and California. The indictments come on the heels of a joint investigation into alleged vote fraud in last year's heated aldermanic election by the offices of the Chicago Inspector General and Cook County State's Attorney.


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