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 PRESS RELEASE

January 25, 2009
For Immediate Release:
For More Information Contact:
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Tanner Andrews, PA
386-490-1128, Fax: 386 734 2116
"Tanner Andrews" tanner@sunshine-lawyer.com
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Counsel for Ellen H. Brodsky
 
NOTICE OF COURT DATE, IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR BROWARD COUNTY FLORIDA
STATE of FLORIDA, Plantiff
v.
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ELLEN BRODSKY, Defendant
Case Number: 2008-026997-MM10A
Type: Hearing and Arraignment
Judge: Honorable Mary Robinson
Location: BROWARD COUNTY CENTRAL COURTHOUSE
                  201 S.E. 6TH STREET
                  FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33301
DATE:  01/26/2009             HEARING: 8:15 A.M.           ARRAIGNMENT: 8:30 A.M.                COURTROOM: 0416
 
Ellen Brodsky, member of the Public and then Candidate for Supervisor of Elections was arrested on Nov. 13, 2008 for Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing while trying to attend the Canvassing Board Meeting where our votes were being counted for the November 2008 General Election. The Disorderly Conduct charges were dropped, but the State of FL is prosecuting Ellen for Trespass after Warning charges. There will be Hearing followed by an Arraignment scheduled for  Monday, January 26, 2009 at 8:15 am, at the Broward County Central Courthouse, 201 S.E. 6th Street, Room 0416.  Please see attached Motion to Dismiss and MEMO OPPOSING PROTECTIVE ORDER.
 
The video of the November 13, 2008 Arrest can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CVMoLjOtP4
 
All Friends of Election Integrity and the Public are welcome to come to the Courthouse in support of Ellen Brodsky.
 
Sincerely,   
Ellen H. Brodsky, Citizen of Broward County, FL,  Candidate for Supervisor of Elections, November 2008 & Founder of the Broward Election Reform Coalition, 954-263-6032,ehbrod@yahoo.com
 
2 attachments — Download all attachments  
Brodsky Motion to Dismiss.pdf
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DEFENDANT BRODSKY Memo Opposing Protective Order.pdf
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Additional Comments From Election Integrity Advocate Jody Holder of California (posted with permission): 

There is a YouTube video showing an election integrity advocate being 
arrested for merely trying to see a written notice of whether a 
canvassing board meeting was being held. She was barred from entering 
a public building without any written order, just the verbal demand of 
an official. She was not warned to leave the premises, nor was granted 
her due process rights. You can watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CVMoLjOtP4

Dear Ellen:

Historically it has been the experience of many seeking to make our 
electoral system transparent, to exercise their rights as citizens 
under the Bill of Rights and state election codes, under state open- 
government codes, that an exception has been carved out for those 
involved in running our elections. When a governmental department 
repeatedly thwarts the ability of the public to see what they are 
doing it should raise a red flag of alarm.

The election industry, including vendors and election officials, 
appears to be running a criminal enterprise and abusing their public 
trust and duty. What is happening to Ellen is an egregious violation 
of due process, includes multiple violations of her civil rights, and 
is an affront to the very principles upon which this country was 
established. This has gone beyond election integrity issues and raises 
issues that are core to our Bill of Rights. Has the American Civil 
Liberties Union become involved or been informed? Other civil rights 
or liberties associations or organizations become involved?

Too many election officials in this country believe that they can 
violate or ignore the law, and continue to do so with impunity. Yet 
the consequences of their attitude and actions result in a thwarting 
of this being a country consisting of a government legitimately chosen 
by the citizens. This is a fundamental attack upon our country more 
dangerous than any external terrorist attack. The decisions made by 
office-holders have a direct impact upon life and health issues that 
can impact thousands and even millions of citizens. Election officials 
who engage in such conduct are domestic terrorists and should be 
treated as such.

I would suggest there needs to be a centralized national reporting 
base for reports of official abuse or violation of election laws and 
the right of citizens to observe all aspects of our elections. As long 
as such incidents are treated as isolated incidents it will be 
difficult to get the national attention it deserves. I would suggest 
it is an area of law that should warrant a federal justice department 
investigation, including by the FBI.


Jody Holder

 

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