Judge Orders Handwriting Samples In Petition Forgery Case

Four election staff members have been accused of forging signatures on Democratic ballots in 2008.

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The defendants will be asked to write down words and phrases so the court can compare the handwriting to the petition documents.

A Saint Joseph County judge has ordered the defendants in an election petition forgery case to submit handwriting samples.

Former Saint Joe County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan and three former voter-registration staffers were indicted last month on charges that the staffers forged signatures to ensure Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had enough names to qualify for Indiana‘s primary in 2008.

Special prosecutor Stan Levco says he expects to take the samples in a month or two, after state police conduct some preliminary analysis. No trial date has been set. Levco says the investigation is still ongoing and does not rule out the possibility of additional charges.

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