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April 17, 2008

Federal prisoners do the darndest things

This AP story, headlined "Texas prison inmate cons way onto Idaho primary ballot," seems ripe for use in a late-night talk-show monologue.  Here are the basics:

A federal prison inmate who once gave an Internal Revenue Service line in Ohio for the phone number of his campaign coordinator has got himself listed on the ballot for Idaho's primary as a Democratic presidential candidate, the state's top election official said.  Keith Russell Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.  He's scheduled for release in 2013.

Judd, 49, qualified for the May 27 ballot by submitting a notarized form and paying the required $1,000 fee, state Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said. As a result, Democratic voters will be able to choose among Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Judd. "We got conned," Ysursa told The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash.

It's Judd's second presidential bid in Idaho, the newspaper said Wednesday.  In 2004 he declared as a write-in candidate for president, which requires only the submission of a declaration, and didn't get any votes. No matter how many votes he gets this time, he won't get any national convention delegates. Idaho's delegates are chosen at party caucuses. "The good thing is the Democratic presidential primary has absolutely no legal significance," Ysursa said.

Prison officials told the state elections office that Judd sent about 14 checks to states seeking to get on the presidential election ballot and about half had been returned.  He qualified as a write-in candidate in Kentucky, California, Indiana and Florida, but Idaho apparently is the only state where his name will appear on the ballot....

Somebody needs to tell Mr. Judd that he has things backwards: the standard politician life-plan is to get elected and then get sent to federal prison, not the other way around.

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Somebody needs to tell Mr. Judd that he has things backwards: the standard politician life-plan is to get elected and then get sent to federal prison, not the other way around.

Well, it's a bit late for that. He's trying to make amends, it seems.

Posted by: | Apr 17, 2008 4:10:14 PM

the standard politician life-plan is to get elected and then get sent to federal prison

Eugene Debs might disagree.

Posted by: azazel | Apr 17, 2008 7:33:52 PM

It would be cool if a state prisoner got on a ballot and ran for governor on the platform of pardoning himself.

Posted by: bruce | Apr 17, 2008 10:01:39 PM

Bruce,
Thats about what it would take now days to receive a pardon. We would have a lot of candidates in North Carolina. The odd thing is they would probably do a better job than our own Governor Easley!!

Posted by: Disenfranchised | Apr 18, 2008 8:44:09 AM

Good example of Judges Gone Wild - These are the two counts: 1) In 1997 Judd wrote on a postcard: "Send the money back now. Kieth Judd. Last chance or die." - 2) Also in 1997 Judd mailed a knife inside a magazine. - Background: in the early 1900s the Black Hand extored money by mail. The government made sending threatening letters a serious crime. Reasonably good for a year or two of prison time. But 17.5 years is excessive, several time the recommended guidelines - Judges Gone Wild - and the taxpayer pays for it - and people's lives are overly ruined. Student.

Posted by: Tommie T | May 9, 2012 2:16:16 PM

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