Saturday, May 4, 2019

Indictment Withdrawn in Voting Fraud Case

A Canton man will no longer suffer the pain of criminal prosecution.  The Madison-Rankin District Attorney's office is withdrawing the indictment of Sherman Matlock.  A grand jury indicted him in December for voting as a convicted felon.

Sherman Matlock was convicted of manslaughter.  He submitted an absentee ballot even though he is not eligible to vote.  The grand jury indicted him for voter fraud and voting by an unqualified person.  The motion to nolle preosequi the indictment was filed yesterday in Madison County Circuit Court.  Indictments are still active against five other defendants in the voting fraud case.



22 comments:

Anonymous said...

So when will the other indictments be withdrawn? Did the DA office chicken out? Did the perp rat put someone bigger? Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

Judges are politicians first! If they don't win they cant be a greater than thou judge......go figure.

Anonymous said...

Seems pretty simple to me. He either did or didn’t do this. It’s
either a crime or it’s not. I smell election year politics.

Anonymous said...

Will be mighty damned embarrassing (not to mention justice miscarriage) if all these city officials and others' indictments are also no-loed. What a circle jerk. This hood-rats will laugh endlessly.

Anonymous said...

Actually, 11:12, the D.A. finally realized Canton jury-composition. It's not about guilt. It's about 'what difference do it make?'

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Mr Matlock is cutting a deal and bigger heads about to roll.

Anonymous said...

Actually, 12:19, the jury pool is the entire county. Go back to civics class.

Anonymous said...

To all six of the commentators above - if you bothered to keep up with the case, including of course the facts and details rather than just your ranting - you would know that you are all off base.

This individual was indicted for voting when he was ineligible as a convicted felon.

In Mississippi, felons are allowed to vote (even while in prison) except when convicted of one of twenty-one disenfranchising crimes.

Problem was, this individual was convicted of manslaughter (originally charged with murder, but conviction was of lower crime of manslaughter). And manslaughter is not one of the twenty-one disenfranchising crimes.

So, because he was indicted for something that was not illegal (i.e. felon voting who did not commit one of the twenty-one no-nos)the DA recognized that they made a mistake in indicting him. This of course became obvious when his attorney filed the appropriate motion asking for the dismissal.

Has nothing to do with politics; or judges; or jury make-up; or election year politics; or any of your other crap. It had to do with there wasn't a crime committed in this one case ---- unlike the others.

PittPanther said...

Good. This crime (ex felons not allowed to vote) will soon not be a crime. Glad they're getting in front of this.

Anonymous said...

The outrage is that this man was charged with a crime for exercising his legal right to vote. His conviction was not disenfranchising. People should be utterly revolted by the notion of a prosecutor doing this, regardless of your politics, and whether it was done maliciously or incompetently. Shades of the 1950s.

Anonymous said...

So the Madison County DA indicted a person who was not guilty because they don’t do their homework. He was arrested, spent time in jail, had to bond out, had to hire an attorney, his face in the media, stress about loss of freedom, all because Madison DA did sloppy investigation. Sad, sadder part is they are actually one of better DA offices around here. When the best criminal justice system around ain’t that good, we all in trouble. But nobody has a problem with law enforcement and prosecutors until they start indicting Trump Friends. As long as they indicting poor folks, it’s all good.

Anonymous said...

Ex felons not voting is not a crime, 5:10. True, it might change, but if so it might be in exchange for all felons not being allowed to vote until they have served their time and paid their restitution.


The fact, and the process, by which we currently allow convicted and imprisoned individuals to vote today is a crime -against other voters.

Anonymous said...

"Ex felons not voting is not a crime, 5:10"

I'm trying real hard to understand what that means. I don't think 'not voting' could be a crime under ANY circumstances. Did someone imply 'not voting' is a crime?

Anonymous said...

Watch the felon turn around and sue the D.A. (Dum Attorney) for malicious prosecution.

And he will will bigly.

Anonymous said...

Ex-Felon in possession of a hand-ballot. Blackmons are on it.

Anonymous said...

to may 4 @ 10;58pm....you dont know much about governmental legal liability do you?
a DAs office has total immunity. there is virtually no liability or accountability for any government employee no matter how bad they screw it up. THATS WHY EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT. you didn't know that ???...........now you know.

Anonymous said...

2:47 - This has nothing to do with civics. If you've ever sat through jury selection at the Madison County court annex, you'd know the defense attorneys bust their asses until they have a majority unemployed Cantonites. None of these clowns will be convicted.

Anonymous said...

to 10:50...tell me mr legal genius, what does the district attorneys 'bust their asses" looking for???

Anonymous said...

to 9:14 - why is there a bigly lawsuit in Jones County against LE by that Burroughs fellow? Where is the immunity in that county?

Anonymous said...

9:05 - Ah...typically jurors who they think will lean favorably toward their client. In these cases of alleged voter fraud, you figure it out. And please use 'do' instead of 'does'.

Anonymous said...

to 12:58 .. you sound like a expert on voter fraud and a member of the speech police. please , tell us cotton choppers more of your superior intellect.

Anonymous said...

to 12:22....tell us more about that "bigley" lawsuit. status, facts, applicable law, come on mr jj lawyer , give it up!!!!!

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