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Texas Judge Receives Probation For Election Fraud In Same County Black Woman Was Jailed For Voting

A Texas judge will only receive five years probation after pleading guilty to election fraud while black woman is expected to sit in prison for five years after voting "illegally."

The Star-Telegram reports Justice of the Peace Russ Casey pleaded guilty Monday (Apr. 22) to tampering with government records. Casey, who was attempting to secure his place on the March 6th primary ballot by signing fake signatures, was also forced to resign. While pleading guilty, he apologized to the Republican party. “I apologize to the citizens of Tarrant County, the Tarrant County Republican Party, my family and friends for the way that I have ended my judicial career,” said Casey. “Today’s proceedings have begun my transition from public to private life. I ask for forgiveness and respect for our privacy as we go through this transition.”

Oh, the irony. The judge was originally sentenced to two years in prison but was later probated to five years. He will serve until the end of the year.

However, this leads to the stark contrast between his punishment and the outcome of 43-year-old Crystal Mason. The mother, who previously served time for a felony, was unaware she wasn't able to vote in the 2016 election. Mason was very vocal about the fact that no one explicitly told her she was no longer able to vote. “They tell you certain things like you can’t be around a felon, you can’t have a gun," she said. "No one actually said, ‘Hey, you can’t vote this year.'" She also questioned why she would risk her freedom to vote in an election after recently being released.

“You think I would jeopardize my freedom?” Mason said. “You honestly think I would ever want to leave my babies again? That was the hardest thing in my life to deal with. Who would — as a mother, as a provider — leave their kids over voting?”

Outcomes for voter fraud have been extreme to say the least. Rosa Ortega, who wasn't a U.S. citizen, was sentenced to eight years in prison for voting. A white woman from Iowa however, was placed on probation for two years after purposely voting for Trump twice in the election.

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The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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Bun B's Lawyer Provides Update On Attempted Armed Robbery Aftermath

On Tuesday (April 24), Bun B confronted an armed robber, who was later identified as 20-year-old DeMonte Jackson. The latter attempted to rob the legendary rapper's home but acted swiftly with his own registered firearm. When Bun B's wife, Angela "Queenie" Walls answered a knock on the door, a masked Freeman entered with his weapon but was later met with the Trill rapper's fire and was detained at a hospital while being treated for his wounds.

In a statement provided to XXL, lawyer Charles Adams said he doesn't expect charges to be filed against the Texas native. "In Texas, you can defend your home. And if an armed home invader breaks into your home and puts a gun at your wife's head, you can shoot the guy if he's still in your home," Adams said. "Honestly, this might sound cheesy, thank God that Bun had a gun. Thank God that he was courageous enough to defend his home and his wife [Queenie]. And thank God Queenie was courageous enough to not let the man go upstairs."

As Queenie led Jackson to the garage, Bun B, born Bernard Freeman, became aware of the incident from another part of the house and opened fire on Jackson. The latter was charged with one count of burglary plus two levies of aggravated robbery.

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Former Felons May Have To Pay Court Fines Before Voting In Florida

Florida made history when it passed Amendment 4 restoring voting rights to the state's nearly one million former felons.

However, on Wednesday (April 24) the GOP-House passed a bill that would require former felons to pay court fees, fine,s and restitution prior to voting. The Senate bill requires that just restitution be paid. If this measure is passed it could prohibit thousands of ex-cons from being able to vote.

The state reportedly also doesn't have a method to properly tally restitution and to create a system could cost millions. On Wednesday, the House considered a proposal by the Senate that would allot $2 million to hire more workers at the Florida Commission on Offender Review to review the applications of former felons.

That commission would then report their findings to local supervisors of elections.

“Obviously, the individual is responsible for determining whether they’ve completed all the terms of their own sentence,” Sen. Jeff Brandes “If they have questions, they should go to local supervisors of elections.”

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