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Miami-Dade judge dismisses voter fraud charge against man in rebuke to Gov. DeSantis election fraud force

MIAMI — A Miami-Dade judge on Friday dismissed charges against a neighborhood man who had been caught up in voter fraud allegations lodged by a newly created job force to crack down on elections improprieties.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch dominated that the Office of Statewide Prosecutor had exceeded its statutory energy underneath state legislation.

“That plenary power — the power to invigilate all Florida elections, whether federal, state, or municipal — is not consigned to OSP by (statute) 16.56,” the judge wrote in a seven-page ruling.

The state may nonetheless select to attraction the choice.

“This strengthens our resolve to continue to place people over politics and honor the commitment we made to the 1.4 million people impacted by Amendment 4, who should be enjoying the opportunity to fully participate in our democracy,” the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition mentioned in a written assertion. “The decision is a step in the right direction in our continuing fight for election integrity and Florida’s returning citizens.”

The dismissal is a rebuke to Gov. Ron DeSantis and the arrests of up to 20 individuals by the governor’s Office of Election Crimes and Security, which was created by state lawmakers to assist root out voter fraud.

The OSP had accused Robert Lee Wood, 56, of voting illegally in the 2020 election. 

He had been convicted of second-degree homicide in 1991, a conviction that made him ineligible to vote. 

But he registered to vote after state voters overwhelmingly adopted Amendment 4, which modified the state structure and restoring voting rights to practically all offenders who had felony data offered they met the situations of their sentencing.

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