Inmate No. 11593-051, Keith Judd, came a respectable second place against President Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary on Tuesday night.
Judd is currently serving a 210-month sentence for extortion at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas.
He not only managed to get on the West Virginia primary ballot, but he also managed to win nearly 70,000 votes which translates to 41 percent of the vote in the Democratic presidential primary.
Mr. Obama won with a mere 59 percent.
The Republican National Committee pounced on the news, spamming reporters with the headline, “Obama Loses Large Share Of Vote In West Virginia To A Felon Doing Time In Texas” in an email Wednesday morning.
Judd secured a spot on the ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing the appropriate paperwork.
In West Virginia, a candidate qualifies for at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention if he or she wins at least 15 percent of the vote.
However, Judd may not be able to cause Mr. Obama any hassle at the convention, since no one has filed to be a delegate for him, the state Democratic party told the AP. Party officials are still looking into it, they said.
Judd distributed a position paper to West Virginia media, stating his opposition to Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul on the grounds that it violates the 10th Amendment. He also reportedly asserts that the 10th Amendment gives incarcerated felons the right to vote.
While Judd may seem like an unlikely opponent for the president, it’s no secret Mr. Obama is unpopular in the state. Mr. Obama lost West Virginia’s 2008 Democratic primary contest to Hillary Clinton and lost the general election vote to John McCain by 13 points.
Even the state’s Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, has said he’s not sure he’ll vote for Mr. Obama.
Larry Stone, 32, was arrested in April on property-crime charges. While in jail, he made a monentous discovery.
He used a glitch in the phone system to pad his inmate trust account with refunds and finance his bail.
He made the discovery when his first call from the Lake County jail for about $20 didn’t go through but showed up twice in the trust account as a refund.
Stone then spent the next several hours making 77 local, long-distance and international calls until he had piled up more than $1,250 — enough to bond out of jail, according to a sheriff’s office investigation.
Unfortunately for him, other inmates soon got wind of the scam and started dialing for their own dollars. The increase of incomplete calls raised suspicions and deputies managed to stop one inmate in the middle of paying his $1,400 tax-financed bond.
“The jail’s IT department noticed an unusual amount of phone calls being placed, all of which were incomplete,” said Lt. John Herrell, spokesman for the Lake County Jail. “When we found out about it, we were shocked. We’re not really sure how the word spread, but it was definitely going around and people were jumping on the bandwagon.”
The jail alerted Global Tel*Link, the phone company that provides the jail’s phone service, and the problem was quickly fixed.
“It was clever and I think what helped them is that they could check their balances instantly,” Herrell said.
Stone’s freedom did not last long. After a day out of jail, he knew police were looking for him and turned himself in.
Stone now faces additional charges of scheming with intent to defraud and grand theft.
A Michigan jail inmate,21-year-old Kyle Richards, says he’s being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can’t have pornography.
According to his five-page handwritten lawsuit, Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail as his request for erotic material had been denied.
“Such living conditions have been used as a method of ‘psychological warfare’ against prisoners, in order to both destroy the morale of inmates and break the spirit of individuals”
The Michigan Department of Corrections told reporters that prisons allow some pornographic material, though it’s banned at the jail.
Richards pleaded guilty to bank robbery after police followed a trail of snowy footprints and dropped money to his apartment from a bank robbery scene in January in Fraser, north of Detroit.
He has not yet been sentenced.
At Brooklyn federal court, the Domond family filed demands that officials immediately stop calling Gerard Domond “an inmate”, along with a $50 million claim for damages for “mental anguish.”
49-year-old Domond is a cold-blooded killer who is serving a 25-years-to-life term for shooting a man in the head in a drug deal gone wrong.
In the lawsuit documents, the label “implies that our brother is locked up for the purpose of mating with other men,” according to his sister Marie.
Acting as her own lawyer, Marie insists: “The suggestive nature of the word is disgraceful. This cruel psychological programming has weighed heavily on our emotional and psychological well-being.”
“It’s something that’s bothered me for a long time
I couldn’t understand why no one recognized that somebody being labeled an inmate, why they wouldn’t recognize that. To me it just sounded very wrong.”
State correction officials declined to comment on the pending litigation.
I can’t see that they will be successful just because their English comprehension sucks!
We always see or read about fights in prisons between prisoners wanting to assert themselves. Usually it ends with the guards running in to break it all up.
In this case it was an inmate which had to break up a fight between prison guards!
Apparently the fight started between the guards over something as stupid as a bag of chips. As the inmate tried to intervene, he got punched in the mouth and lost a tooth.
“The incident may have been between two officers, but it is an embarrassment to everyone in the sheriff’s office who takes pride in their job and uniform,” Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman told the newspaper.
The inmate was taken to hospital, and has since been returned to the jail.
An investigation is underway and the officers involved will likely face disciplinary charges.