Judge Russell Casey, an incumbent in Tarrant Country Texas, has been caught forging signatures on his petition for ballot access, and proceeded to lie about it after being caught red-handed.
The Tarrant County Republican Party said it is investigating an allegation that Casey, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, submitted fake signatures to get on the ballot in the March primary.
When reached by phone shortly Monday afternoon, Casey told WFAA that Lopez’s “allegation is completely false” and that every signature came from bona fide voters.
“They’re all from real people,” Casey said. “They were all collected.”
But Aaron Harris, from Direct Action Texas which investigates electoral fraud, said he organized a team to go door-to-door over the weekend and ask individuals listed on Casey’s petition whether they actually signed it.
Several dozen people, Harris said, signed notarized affidavits explaining that they did not put their names on it. Those affidavits were turned over to the county party.
“Here’s a guy who’s an incumbent judge who makes decisions that affect people’s lives on a day-to-day basis. He determines people’s destinies and yet has shown his character is such that he’s willing to lie to just get on the ballot,” said Harris.
Charles Yancy and Janet Shearer are two more names on Casey’s petition. The signature on their affidavit looks different than what’s on the judge’s form. Deborah Pullano, a local school teacher, is also among the names on Casey’s petition but she said the signature on the form is not hers.
“No, not even close,” she told WFAA. Above it, her husband Jonathan’s name appears on Casey’s petition, but it is spelled incorrectly with an “H.”
Pullano said she has never supported Judge Casey in the past. “No, I don’t know who he is,” she added.
Judge Casey, is no stranger to controversy, having been reprimanded by the State Board on Judicial Conduct last year for requiring sexual favors from his court coordinator. He also made headlines last year after a state court reprimanded him for having a sexual relationship with his clerk.
He had challenged the signatures of his two challengers on a technicality. Doing so caused one of his challengers to review Casey’s signatures.
Last Friday candidate Lenny Lopez contacted Direct Action Texas with what appeared to be forged signatures.
“As soon as I saw those signatures you could see it was just fraud,” said Lenny Lopez, one of Casey’s challengers.
Over the next 48 hours DAT, along with a team, went door to door talking to voters and securing affidavits from the voters stating the signatures are not theirs.
Earlier this week, Lopez filed a challenge to 67 of Russ Casey’s petition signatures. 55 are needed to be removed in order to disqualify Casey from being on the ballot. That’s the first issue, however multiple counts of forgery constitutes a felony offense. DAT will hand over our evidence and affidavits to the proper authorities soon. Based upon our analysis there are between 93 to 130 signatures which appear to be forged on Casey’s petitions.
Lopez and his attorney said they never would have made the discovery had Casey not started questioning signatures from his opponents in the first place. Casey accused Lopez and another opponent of problems with their own forms and asked the party to remove them from the ballot, which has not happened.
Tim O’Hare, chairman of the Tarrant County GOP said his office is reviewing Lopez’s allegation against Casey and will decide in the coming days whether Casey remains on the ballot.
Casey, first elected in 2007, did not want to appear on camera for this story and said he needed time to look at the allegation.
It is no wonder why. The average citizen can see that the signatures were forged, and that Judge Casey is lying!
You’ll notice on each, all the signatures have the same hand writing. The first example, you’ll notice all the voters are on Thorncrest Court in North Richland Hills, that is where Judge Casey lives. His neighbors signed affidavits stating these are not their signatures.
Not only that, notice the the “R”s in the voters signatures and compare that to Russ Casey signature at the bottom of the form – the R’s are the same.
It is ashame that incumbents get so power hungry that they are willing to cheat, especially those from the party of principle. I, unfortunately expect this from Democrats, not Republicans.
Shame on you Judge Casey. You need to be turned over someone’s knee and spanked with a big Texas belt.
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