According to the State House News Service, Carmen Ortiz has announced, Rep. Stephen Smith will plead guilty to civil rights violations stemming from Voter Fraud. He will also resign his seat effective January 1, 2013 as part of the plea deal.
Everett Democrat Rep. Stephen “Stat” Smith will resign, effective Jan. 1, after federal prosecutors announced Thursday that he has agreed to plead guilty to civil rights violations for his role in submitting absentee ballot applications and casting invalid ballots during elections in 2009 and 2010.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced the news, saying Smith, 57, will plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights under color of law. Under his plea agreement, he will not be allowed to seek elected office for five years.
Prosecutors said Smith is alleged to have cast invalid absentee ballots in support of his races for office for voters who were ineligible or unaware of ballots being cast in their names.
Wonder if he agreed to testify in the probation probe for a lesser sentence?