Friday, June 28, 2013

J.J. Rizzo's aunt and uncle plead guilty to voter fraud charges

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J.J. Rizzo remains in office.
  • J.J. Rizzo remains in office.
John and Clara Moretina, the uncle and aunt of Missouri state Rep. J.J. Rizzo, pleaded guilty to voter fraud charges Friday. The two were given a fine of $250 and are barred from ever voting again. In May, John Moretina pleaded guilty to voter fraud in federal court. The couple lived in Gladstone but voted in the 40th District in the August 2010 Democratic primary.

Rizzo won the primary by a single vote over Will Royster, 664 to 663. Royster cried foul immediately after the primary, initially questioning Rizzo's support from Somali-Americans. An appeals court denied Royster a new election. Rizzo was re-elected last year and remains in office. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement announcing the pleas, "Justice was done. These two will never vote again."

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