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Here's the short version:  A 31-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested today in Harrisonburg, VA, and charged with 12 felony counts for destroying (actually, trying to destroy) completed voter registration cards.  On Colin Small's LinkedIn profile he says he works for the "Republican National Committee."  He is employed by Pinpoint, a company that was hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to help with voter registration.

Details below the squiggle.

On Wednesday, a story broke from Harrisonburg, VA.  Seems that, on Monday, a store owner observed a car drive up to the dumpster behind his store -- guy got out, tossed a trash bag in the dumpster, and drove away -- black Toyota Camry with Pennsylvania plates.

The store owner checked out the trash bag and found completed voter registration forms.  He called the cops, the forms were taken to the courthouse and processed minutes before the deadline to register.  Meanwhile, the same Camry was spotted parked in front of the local GOP headquarters -- which also houses the offices of the local GOP state senator and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS.

Go to this link for the details from yesterday as related by Not Larry Sabato.

Initially there was some concern among Democrats because the county sheriff who was investigating is a big Republican.  However, looks as though the sheriff takes his duties seriously because today:

The Rockingham County Sheriff's office has arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to throw away filled out voter registration forms.

Colin Small, 31 year old male from Phoenixville, PA has been charged with 12 felonies in connection with the controversy. He is employed by Pinpoint, a company that was hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to help with voter registration.

Not Larry Sabato adds: "Sheriff's office said he was a vendor through Republican Party of Virginia, his linkedin profile says he works for the Republican National Committee."

NLS also provides a screenshot of Colin Small's LinkedIn profile, where he lists himself as "Grassroots Field Director at Republican National Committee."

I'm speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  •  These fuckers are evil. (12+ / 0-)

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 05:51:51 PM PDT

    •  but 12 felony counts will.... (6+ / 0-)

      .... ensure that this guy does some decent time behind bars.

      Since he's from out of state, by definition he's a flight risk.

      Therefore he will most likely await trial as a guest of the State of Virginia.   And watch the election results on TV in the prison cafeteria, or wherever they have one in there.   And have no way to get drunk when his team loses miserably.  

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 06:23:44 PM PDT

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      •  ...12 felony counts might make him "sing"...hope! (2+ / 0-)
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        Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

        by ranton on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 07:20:43 PM PDT

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        •  YES!, good point! (2+ / 0-)
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          Credit to you for being the first to bring this up.  

          His car is registered in PA and he was doing this in VA, and crossing state lines makes it a potential federal case.  If the FBI got hold of this they'd probably start working their way up as you said:  threaten him with the max unless he sings.  Here's to hoping the state prosecutors in VA do likewise.  

          "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

          by G2geek on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:18:54 PM PDT

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  •  read about this in a diary here and am glad (11+ / 0-)

    for the follow-up information.  Good for the store owner, the police and everyone else involved to bring this to a successful conclusion.  Hope this was the only bag this bastard tossed.

  •  And who will prosecute this case? (6+ / 0-)

    This would be my next concern.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    by Ex Con on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 05:57:06 PM PDT

    •  since his car is registered in PA... (3+ / 0-)
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      .... he probably crossed state lines to commit the crime, in which case the feds could reasonably take over the prosecution.  

      However it's good if a bunch of Republican state officials handle this and the guy gets at least two years in prison, because then the wing nuts won't be able to claim it's all Obama's fault.

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 07:15:08 PM PDT

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  •  I see this was diaried earlier today . . . (8+ / 0-)

    I see this development was diaried earlier today -- that's fine -- we can't tell this story too many times!!!

  •  From the link (7+ / 0-)
    The following charges have been placed:

        Four (4) counts of Destruction of Voter Registration Application, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Section 24.2-1002.01, Code of Virginia

        Eight (8) counts of Disclosure of Voter Registration Application, Class 5 Felony, Section 24.2-1002.01, Code of Virginia

        One (1) count of Obstruction of Justice, Class 1 Misdemeanor, Section 18.2-460(A), Code of Virginia

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 06:01:28 PM PDT

    •  that adds up to at least two years in prison. (3+ / 0-)

      In many places the dividing line between misdemeanor and felony is 1 year in prison.

      Thus four counts of a Class 1 misdemeanor (the highest level of misdemeanor) add up to potentially four years.

      Eight counts of a Class 5 felony (probably the lowest level of felony) at an estimated 2 - 5 year sentence, add up to 16 - 40 years.

      One count of yet another Class 1 misdemeanor is another year.

      So at very most he could receive 45 years behind bars.

      At very least maybe a year.

      So realistically I'm going to guess that with plea bargains, fines, and probation, he ends up with 2 - 5 years and at least one felony on his record.  

      If he gets more than 5 years, it's justice with relatively little mercy.

      If he gets less than a year it's a miscarriage of justice.

      2 - 5 years would be a not-unreasonable outcome, justice with perhaps a little too much mercy, but none the less it would send a pretty decent message.  

      That, plus, as a convicted felon, he may very well lose his right to vote.  And that would certainly be justice in this case.  

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 07:13:35 PM PDT

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  •  I am sure the VA attorney-general will investigate (2+ / 0-)
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    because he is absolutely not a right-wing hack.

    It is annoying that there are so many questions about this in Florida, Wisconsin (or Minnesota, I forget) and now Virginia.  No one in the MSM seems interested in pulling this story together.  Of course, that is because no one has sent them a press release about it for them to transcribe.

    Anyone who ever knew fear and want knows Romney is talking about him..

    by docterry on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 06:07:24 PM PDT

  •  Splash this on front pages all over America with (4+ / 0-)
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    this question: Could this be happening in our state?  Be vigiilant, very vigilant!

  •  The good part comes next... (5+ / 0-)

    If the Republican Party really abhors his actions, they won't pay to defend him in court. If they or any affiliate thereof pays his legal fees, they own him and are acknowledging it. If he doesn't have the organization paying his fees, he will probably plead guilty and sing like a canary, and if he does lawyer up at their expense, we have the poster boy for Republican voter fraud.

    Hey you over there, quit hogging the popcorn and pass me some... this is gonna be a good show.  

  •  If the shopkeeper hadn't found those... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... they wouldn't have been found in time to get those voters registered.  

    In all likelihood the refuse collectors would have seen the voter registration forms, called their dispatcher, who would have sent out a supervisor (potential evidence of a crime), who would have called the police.

    If that hadn't happened, the stuff would have been dumped at the transfer station and found by transfer station workers, with the same result: they call their supervisor, who sees what's in there and calls the police.

    Surprisingly often, evidence of crimes ends up in dumpsters, including murder victims' bodies.  So the municipalities and private contractors have procedures for dealing with anything that may be evidence of a crime.  

    But at that point it would have been very difficult to back-track this to the perpetrator.  

    So we can be glad that the shopkeeper basically caught the guy in the act.  

    And in the meantime, we need to be alert to other cases of this type in other areas.  

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 07:21:00 PM PDT

    •  I don't know. (1+ / 0-)
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      In all likelihood the refuse collectors would have seen the voter registration forms, called their dispatcher, who would have sent out a supervisor (potential evidence of a crime), who would have called the police.
      they just pull up to he dumpsters and dump them and move on to the next one. I don't think they look very carefully.

      Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

      by Bush Bites on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:24:56 PM PDT

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      •  actually they do. (0+ / 0-)

        I've read blog posts by people who are in the industry, so this comes from what they routinely say about work.  

        These folks are used to seeing what normal refuse looks like.  Any pile of papers with government, financial, legal, health care, or personal information on them, will stick out like a sore thumb: all of that stuff is supposed to be shredded.  So it will get noticed and it will end up with a call to the supervisor, and then a call to the police.  

        There are cameras in the truck hoppers that show what's just been emptied into the machine, and drivers & crew are trained to look out for things such as hazardous materials, anything that could start a fire, evidence of crimes, and human bodies both live and dead.  

        Hardly a year goes by without some homeless drunk passing out in a dumpster, or some prisoner trying to escape from prison by hiding in one: and inevitably these people take a nasty tumble and end up getting rescued with injuries (broken limbs typically) rather than killed by the compactor, because the worker who emptied the bin saw them in time to save them.

        The people who work at transfer stations pull out recyclables with rakes and shovels, for the pragmatic reason of reducing their landfill costs.  In newer transfer stations, all of the refuse is moved by conveyor belts with people sitting or standing along the belts to pull out recyclables.  This gives them an up-close view, and any large quantity of paper is going to be pulled out of the load.

        Again, the main thing is that a plastic bag full of un-shredded docs like that will certainly attract a worker's attention at some point in the process.  (Keep that in mind if you're ever thinking of becoming a counterfeiter or credit card fraudster, and throwing your botched batches of fake money or used credit card slips in the trash;-)

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 11:23:52 PM PDT

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  •  they should see if they can get him to admit (1+ / 0-)
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    other instances of trashing reg cards in a plea...

    and force RNC to pay for notices and flyers telling all JMU students to check for their registration due to one of their members committing voter fraud....

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” Former Democratic Congressman - Tom Perriello "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - MHP

    by justmy2 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:09:00 PM PDT

  •  This scumbag just bought himself a lot of trouble. (4+ / 0-)
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    Hope he winds up spending time in the hole.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:22:51 PM PDT

  •  Glad the county sherriff is a patriot (2+ / 0-)
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    more than he is a partisan. Thanks for the amazing story!

    We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
    Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

    by pixxer on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:26:28 PM PDT

  •  Pinpoint is a Sproul operation. Nail the fucker. (2+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:30:57 PM PDT

  •  they thought he was a democrat (1+ / 0-)
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    because the radio said it was democrats doing all the fraud.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 09:12:35 PM PDT

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