Jury gets case in N. Ind. petition forgery case

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 11:06 AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jurors are deliberating in the case of a former northern Indiana Democratic county chairman and a party member accused of forging signatures on petitions used to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the 2008 state presidential primary ballot

WSBT-TV reported (http://bit.ly/17YUi2p ) the St. Joseph County jury got the case about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Former County Chairman Butch Morgan faces two counts of conspiracy to commit petition fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery. Party member Dan Blythe is charged with nine counts of forgery and one count of falsifying a petition.

Morgan testified Thursday he didn't ask anyone to do anything illegal. Blythe didn't testify.

Two others have pleaded guilty and testified that Morgan asked them to copy signatures from one petition to blank petitions.

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Information from: WSBT-TV, http://www.wsbt.com/

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