Man arrested by DeSantis’s election police has his case dismissed

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One of the 20 people arrested by Florida’s new elections police force this summer had his charges dismissed Friday, in the first case to be resolved since Gov. Ron DeSantis launched his aggressive voter-fraud initiative.

Robert Lee Wood was arrested on Aug. 18 and charged with two counts of voter fraud because he had been convicted of a crime in 1990 and did not have his rights restored before he voted. On Friday, a Miami judge dismissed the case, ruling that the statewide prosecutor didn’t have jurisdiction.

The governor has said he will appeal.
In recent months, DeSantis (R) has vowed to carefully scrutinize who can vote. Earlier this year, Florida’s GOP-led legislature created an Office of Election Crimes and Security at the governor’s request.

DeSantis said the office would help prevent illegal voting, though there were few cases of voter fraud prosecuted before this summer. Critics have warned that the governor and his elections police unit could weaponize their new powers for political gain.


At an August news conference, DeSantis announced the office’s first arrests — mostly Black men who had recently voted. If convicted, they would face up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. All of those arrested had been previously convicted of murder or a felony sex offense. Florida voters in 2018 approved an amendment that allows former felons to register to vote unless they were convicted of those crimes.
Many of the 20 who were arrested in the Aug. 18 dragnet said that they thought they were eligible to vote and that they were encouraged to register by local officials. Their registrations were approved by the state Division of Elections, and they were issued voter identification numbers and cards by county elections supervisors.

“The state approved his voter’s registration and issued him a voter identification card,” Fort Lauderdale attorney Michael Gottlieb wrote in a motion this month to dismiss a different case connected to the voter-fraud charges. “He voted under the authority granted him by the government, and now that same body is seeking to incarcerate him for the very act they approved and encouraged him to take.”






Body-camera videos released this week from police officers who made some of the arrests — which took place in five counties over just a few hours on the morning of DeSantis’s August news conference — show confusion and concern among those arrested, as well as among some of the officers.
Gottlieb, who worked on Woods’s case and is also representing another man arrested the same day, said while the state may appeal the ruling by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch, the dismissal is a good sign.

“I’m certainly going to use this as wind in my sails,” Gottlieb said.
DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin said the state will continue to pursue cases with its elections integrity office.
“The state will continue to enforce the law and ensure that murderers and rapists who are not permitted to vote do not unlawfully do so,” he said. “Florida will not be a state in which elections are left vulnerable or cheaters unaccountable.”


Neil Volz, deputy director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, cheered the dismissal of the case against Wood.
“This strengthens our resolve to continue to place people over politics and honor the commitment we made to the 1.4 million people impacted by Amendment 4, who should be enjoying the opportunity to fully participate in our democracy,” Volz said in a statement.
Larry Davis, an attorney for Woods, said his client was “very happy and relieved” the charges were dismissed.

 
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DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin said the state will continue to pursue cases with its elections integrity office.
“The state will continue to enforce the law and ensure that murderers and rapists who are not permitted to vote do not unlawfully do so,” he said. “Florida will not be a state in which elections are left vulnerable or cheaters unaccountable.”


Where do these people come from?
 

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When is the Governor's press conference announcing the decision and apologizing for this arrest?



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Looks like Mr Wood needs 39 friends, he may have 19 already based on a couple interviews I saw.

"In Florida and the 11th Circuit, it generally takes at least 40 people with similar claims to qualify as a class action"
 

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DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin said the state will continue to pursue cases with its elections integrity office.
“The state will continue to enforce the law and ensure that murderers and rapists who are not permitted to vote do not unlawfully do so,” he said. “Florida will not be a state in which elections are left vulnerable or cheaters unaccountable.”


Where do these people come from?
Hell
 
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No, best to ignore and more on.

I don't ignore anyone. NC is just 1 of the many attention whores who have stumbled across this board. I just laugh at how sad it must be to crave attention from anonymous people you've never met. There are people who spend all day here. That's weird to me. NC averages 100+ posts a DAY
 
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I don't ignore anyone. NC is just 1 of the many attention whores who have stumbled across this board. I just laugh at how sad it must be to crave attention from anonymous people you've never met. There are people who spend all day here. That's weird to me. NC averages 100+ posts a DAY
I agree with the weird part. I just don't have the time for that nonsense.
 
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I don't ignore anyone. NC is just 1 of the many attention whores who have stumbled across this board. I just laugh at how sad it must be to crave attention from anonymous people you've never met. There are people who spend all day here. That's weird to me. NC averages 100+ posts a DAY

NC posts so much that he makes Chis look like Hozz in comparison.
 
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NC is an attention whore. No more, no less. Best to just laugh and move on
I don't ignore anyone. NC is just 1 of the many attention whores who have stumbled across this board. I just laugh at how sad it must be to crave attention from anonymous people you've never met. There are people who spend all day here. That's weird to me. NC averages 100+ posts a DAY
Bitching about someone posting on a message board while posting on a message board. Another solid contribution by little fred…
 

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I don't ignore anyone. NC is just 1 of the many attention whores who have stumbled across this board. I just laugh at how sad it must be to crave attention from anonymous people you've never met. There are people who spend all day here. That's weird to me. NC averages 400+ posts a DAY
FIFY
 

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Weird that all of the DeSantis backers are sitting this thread out.
 

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I don't ignore anyone. NC is just 1 of the many attention whores who have stumbled across this board. I just laugh at how sad it must be to crave attention from anonymous people you've never met. There are people who spend all day here. That's weird to me. NC averages 100+ posts a DAY

I don't get it. Why waste time and space with posters contributing nothing to conversations or debates. If posters offer no objective opinions or reasoning I see no purpose in including them in a busy board.
 

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I don't get it. Why waste time and space with posters contributing nothing to conversations or debates. If posters offer no objective opinions or reasoning I see no purpose in including them in a busy board.

Because sometimes I love getting down in the weeds with the shitbags on this board. It's my cross to bear
 

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If you use it as a signature, you'll be hearing from @Jimmy McGill

BTW, is Eric the Electric a cool dude?
I wouldn't want to have Slippin' Jimmy on my bad side!

I haven't met him but from everything I hear from mutual people- he's a douche. He acts like a nice guy but is actually a prick and he fakes his YouTube videos. He's great at editing and has said to a few people how he spits food into buckets under the table.
 
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I wouldn't want to have Slippin' Jimmy on my bad side!

I haven't met him but from everything I hear from mutual people- he's a douche. He acts like a nice guy but is actually a prick and he fakes his YouTube videos. He's great at editing and has said to a few people how he spits food into buckets under the table.

What about Beard Meets Food? That guy seems awesome 😍
 

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This. Contrary to @Hawkman98's lack of faith in my abilities, I pulled the legal jujitsu on the traffic ticket for step daughter.

@fredjr82 is in good hands
I’d say it’s more of a weak county attorney than your doing but glad you got it taken care of. What’d you plea it to?
 
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Lets just say she should keep her license. It was never about the fine (which she will solely pay)....it was about her being able to get to work when mom and dad are both out of town.
 
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