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Judge Who Handed Down Five Year Jail Sentence For Improper Voting Filed Inaccurate Data in 2013 Campaign Finance Report
In his excellent book, A Colony in a Nation, author Chris Hayes chronicles the disparities in law enforcement within two population cohorts within America. There is the Colony which is mostly poor, and then there is the Nation, which is mostly affluent. Although the citizens of the Colony pay a much higher percentage of their income in taxes than do the citizens of the Nation, it is the Nation that derives most of the benefits of the law enforcement apparatus while the colony is mostly forced to bear its ire. This is so because in the electoral process that determines which candidates will ultimately govern our society, the citizens of the Nation are encouraged to vote; while the opposite is true of the citizens of the Colony.
In March of 2018, Judge Ruben Gonzalez of the 432nd District Court in Fort Worth, TX sentenced Crystal Mason, --a mother of four-- to five years in prison for allegedly voting illegally in the 2016 Presidential election . The irony in this case is that Judge Gonzalez has himself had at least one very similar misunderstanding of Texas election law.Within the July 15th, 2013 campaign finance report that Judge Gonzalez filed with the Texas Ethics Commission, he filed a correction affidavit which states the following:
The reported total regarding the balance on hand was incorrect. However, the underlying information regarding the contributions and expense during the reporting period are correct and unchanged. The oversight is lack of understanding of how the reporting program operates. The balance of the account is $16,416.30.
Texas Ethics Commission
Filer ID 00065909
If Ms. Mason had not waived her right to a jury trial, one of the questions that prospective jurors would have surely been asked would go something like:
"Have you ever committed an election related crime?"
If Judge Gonzalez had been one of those perspective jurors, he would have been obliged to answer "Yes." and most likely would have been disqualified for further consideration from the jury selection process. Why then, is Crystal Mason still sitting in jail serving a draconian sentence for a so-called "crime" an act that was not much different than Judge Gonzalez had once committed?
We originally published this story in the Weekly Gavel at:
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