September 8, 1987 |
U.S. District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. today delayed the vote fraud trial of former City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and his wife, Diane. In a four-page order, the judge said the vote fraud trial would be continued until 30 days after Beloff's appeal in his extortion case is resolved, expected to take months. Beloff was convicted by a federal jury in July of conspiring with reputed mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo to extort more than $1 million from local develolpers.
August 26, 1999 |
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said yesterday that any decision about investigating vote fraud allegations in the May Democratic primary will be made only "after a fair and impartial review" by her office. An investigation has been sought by Julie Welker, who lost a close election to Darrell Clarke in the race for City Council's 5th District. However, Welker wanted Abraham to turn the matter over to state Attorney General Mike Fisher. In an Aug. 24 letter to Welker, Abraham said, "The wishes of the person requesting the investigation with regard to where the case should be prosecuted play no role in our decision.
January 17, 1988 |
A Montgomery County investigation into alleged vote fraud in Plymouth Township has proved inconclusive, according to county officials. The case stems from Democratic Committeewoman Marie Olshansky's allegation that one of 10 absentee ballots had been marked to give votes - to Republicans - between the time officials opened it on election night and the time the official vote count took place three days later. But when county detectives Robert Fasold and Richard Peffal contacted the 10 absentee voters, all recalled filling out their entire ballot, according to Fasold.
January 17, 2005
IVOTED IN Germantown on Election Day (I have since moved) - and I didn't notice any paid "crack addicts" voting as Mr. Barclay referred to in his Jan. 10 letter. I didn't notice any buses out front full of over-eager voters ready to go on to the next polling stop and - surprise surprise - they only let me vote once. What I did notice were hard-working men and women checking for valid IDs and voter-registration cards, doing signature checks from where I signed in to where I had applied for my voter card.
August 22, 2008 |
Stealing America: Vote by Vote begins with a quote from founding father Thomas Paine: "The right to vote . . . is the primary right by which other rights are protected. " Dorothy Fadiman's persuasive documentary ends with accounts of massive vote switching; hacked, whacked voting machines; and destroyed voting records. Both of George W. Bush's presidential wins are called into question. If the film shows a liberal bias, it also makes the point that rigged elections are antithetical to everything this country stands for. In one of many clips from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show mixed in with the talking-head interviews (economist Paul Craig Roberts, pollster John Zogby, Ohio State Sen. Bob Hagan)
November 24, 1987 |
"I regret taking people's rights away," Charles Pollan said. Pollan, one-time aide to former City Councilman Leland Beloff, noted that the prosecutor in his vote-fraud trial had said "the problem was not the system, but people who corrupt the system. " "I did that," Pollan said. "I was just following a bad lead. " Pollan, who had worked as an $8-an-hour assistant in Beloff's office, was sentenced to three years in federal prison yesterday on vote fraud charges growing out of the 1984 and 1985 general elections.
April 22, 1988 |
Former Democratic City Councilman Leland M. Beloff will write yet another sorry chapter in the annals of South Philadelphia politics today when he pleads guilty and is sentenced in federal court for vote fraud. Beloff, 45, has agreed to admit involvement in a scheme to forge dozens of absentee ballots during the 1984 general election, said his attorney, Robert F. Simone. "He's looking to clean up his life," Simone said. While there's no guarantee, Beloff hopes his plea of guilty to the vote fraud charges won't add any time to the 10-year prison sentence he is to begin serving next week on extortion charges.
August 18, 1987 |
Diane Beloff - after apparently firing her attorney and deciding to represent herself - went on trial with her husband, former City Councilman Leland Beloff, on vote fraud charges in U.S. District Court here today. The opening session had been delayed from its scheduled start yesterday by a prolonged recess ordered by District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. During the recess there were sessions in the judge's chambers involving the defendants and attorneys for both prosecution and defense.
November 6, 1986 |
A Democratic committeeman let the FBI strap a microphone under his clothing in 1984 and recorded City Councilman Leland Beloff directing another man to forge voters' absentee ballots, a federal prosecutor said. Beloff also personally forged signatures in the presence of the committeeman, Nicholas Marrandino, Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Carr Jr. said yesterday. The disclosure that Beloff had been taped came during a hearing for Margie Giordano Coyle, a veteran Democratic committeewoman from South Philadelphia, who yesterday pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with Beloff and others to commit vote fraud in the 1984 general election.
August 7, 1987 |
Leland M. Beloff's coming federal trial on vote-fraud charges should be postponed or moved to another city because of the "unbelievable amount of prejudicial publicity" caused by his recent trial, conviction and sentencing for extortion, his attorney argued in a motion filed yesterday. Beloff, 45, who resigned his City Council seat Tuesday, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for using his office to demand payoffs from three developers, including a plot with reputed organized-crime boss Nicodemo Scarfo to extort $1 million from Willard G. Rouse 3d. Scarfo, 58, was sentenced to 14 years and Beloff's aide, Robert Rego, 43, was sentenced to eight years for their participation in the conspiracy.