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Illegal CdA Voters Fined $200 Each

Item: Illegal voters fined, sentenced: Hayden couple voted illegally in 2009 Cd'A city election/Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press

More Info: A Hayden couple was each fined $200 and sentenced to three months of probation for illegally voting in the Nov. 3, 2009, Coeur d'Alene general election. Ronald Prior and Susan Harris both entered Alford pleas on July 15 after each was charged with one count of illegally registering to vote. An Alford guilty plea means the defendant doesn't admit guilt but admits there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Question: Beyond wasting a lot of money, changing a vote or two, and catching 2 illegal voters, what did the long-running lawsuit filed by losing challenger Jim Brannon accomplish?

Kennedy-Brannon Voters Enter Pleas

Never one to take his eye off the ball, Bill McCrory reports for OpenCDA.com that he attended a pre-trial conference for Susan Harris & Ronald Prior, who were charged with voting illegal in the 2009 Coeur d'Alene City Council elections. Remember? Mike Kennedy-Jim Brannon? Star Kelso? Election without end, amen? Anyway, Judge Bob Burton accepted Alford pleas from Harris and Prior, which means that neither admitted guilt but admitted that the charge likely could be proven at trial. According to McCrory, Burton fined them both $200 and sentenced each to 90 days of unsupervised probation.

Question: Is there anything left from Brannon's fruitless effort to overturn his loss to Kennedy?

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