Republican ‘doctrine’ on suppressing black vote is key to Md. case, and maybe to 2012 - The Washington Post
So we have a dispute between the parties about whether this strategy was used or not. However ...the document in the hands of the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor. It constitutes the centerpiece of indictments issued this week that that accuse one of Ehrlich’s most trusted aides, as well as a campaign consultant, of conspiring to suppress the black vote last year.
For the defense, the document is no less important. The voter suppression strategy was flatly rejected by those present at the meeting last summer, according to an attorney for Paul Schurick, Ehrlich’s de facto campaign manager, and the apparent inspiration for the document’s namesake, “The Schurick Doctrine.”
I don't particularly care about the charges of whether one race or demographic was favored over another. What I do care about is that voters were flat out lied to, and that sort of thing should be prosecuted as fraud.The indictments, handed up by a grand jury in Baltimore on Thursday, allege that the strategy was carried out.
The effort culminated, according to the indictments with Election Night robo-calls to mostly black neighborhoods in Baltimore and Washington’s eastern Maryland suburbs. The calls told tens of thousands of residents to “relax” and not worry about voting, because Democrats had already won.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, said he has the document, and that authorities seized it from the Baltimore home of Schurick’s alleged co-conspirator, Julius Henson, late last year. Henson did not return a phone call on Friday.