After leaving jail after only eight months of a five year sentence, Al Sharpton brought her onstage at a Democrat Voter Rally and gave her a big hug. If you don’t recognize the name, she was first reported to be “Meloise” Richardson. Perhaps “Meloise” is an alias, or a name on a bogus voter registration. Today, she is Melowese, a long-time Cincinnati poll worker with a prior trail of criminal convictions. In this case, she was charged with eight counts of illegal voting, but before that, she threatened to kill a women whose property was stolen by Richardson’s brother, in two separate instances she beat-up and “kicked into submission” two people in a bar (at least one was male), she was convicted of theft, she drove drunk and had a DUI, at least once. The judge invoked Venezuela, Iran, Cuba and U.S. soldiers, and you can tell it meant nothing to Richardson, who believes because she is black, she is a victim and she is owed. Back to the voter fraud case: she pleaded ‘no contest’ to four counts of illegal voting in 2008, 2011, and 2012. She was sentenced to 5 years in prison. I’ve looked and looked for information about how this woman was released after only eight months and I find nothing. Democrats should be nauseated at the scene below, and should release the names of everyone on the stage so willing to accept this criminal’s presence at a voter’s rally. The Word of God Deliverance Family Life Center in Forest Park should certainly denounce Sharpton.
At an event that was all about voting law, Ohio Democrats invited a person guilty of multiple counts of voter fraud to speak – to “welcome her back” and applaud her. They invited her up to the stage, like some sort of hero.
Democrats seem to oppose any changes in the law that make it harder to cheat. Their embrace of Melowese Richardson shows where their intentions actually lie. Source: Breitbart
Melowese Richardson’s statement:
“I can’t understand these charges against me,” Richardson said in the Feb. 6 interview. “Have they never heard of a simple mistake? Have they never heard of overlooking? Mailing in a ballot (and) registering to vote at a precinct after you’ve forgotten that you mailed in a ballot?”
So said the Cincinnati poll worker (Hamilton County).
In the transcript below of a linked video, Richardson says she had no reason to cheat because there was no doubt Obama would win “because I myself had signed up literally thousands. I would go downtown and I wouldn’t leave until I had at least 50 votes on any given day.”
When the Judge begins speaking, he says that he thinks Obama would be “appalled” that she cheated to help him win. Well, yawn, whatever. Then he tells a sordid tale of her past:
Beginning at 34 secs-in.
Judge Robert P. Ruehlman:…but you know this is your attitude. Your attitude back in 1987 was your brother, Joseph Jones, ummm, and I think there were even some cases where there were [inaudible] — were investigated, and I think she tried to vote for one of the relatives, too, brothers too, that were dropped.
Here’s the case, your brother gets charged with taking somebody else’s property. Well, that’s not a problem for Melowese Richardson. That’s not a problem that your brother got charged because Melowese Richardson — because I’m going to take the law into my own hands and what I’m going to do, is I’m going to threaten to kill the victim so she doesn’t testify against my brother, and that’s what she did, so you get charged with intimidation. The end justifies the means.
I’m going to get Obama elected, so I’ll cheat. Again, I think he would be appalled by that. Just as he would be appalled if asked about this. This is terrible. You, when your brother gets charged, hey, that’s not a problem, I’m just going to threaten the victim. That’s what you did. The victim was so frightened she didn’t want to come in. They finally had to make a plea bargain and let you plead through it [ inaudible, maybe “to misdeameanor”]. You got a couple of years probation.
You also had a DUI around that same time. Your first offenses, drinking, driving drunk again, you know, you don’t care. I’m drunk. I’m going to get in the car and drive. I’m Melowese Richardson. I don’t care about other people. I don’t care if I’m going to go across the double line and kill somebody. I’m Melowese Richardson. I’ll take the law into my own hands. I can do what I want.
See, it’s not about disrespecting you. You disrespected yourself. It’s not about race or anything like that. It’s about criminal activity. You’re a criminal. You’re just a common criminal.
What did you do then, after you got put on probation? What did you do then? Back in 1988 you come back to the court again. You’re in the Sol [Soul?] Lounge. You knocked the victim down, you hit and kicked the victim in the back, face and eyes several times. Your convicted of that, but that’s not enough. No, you beat up another victim in 1988 while on probation to me. Same place. Beat him up. A [inaudible] judge gave you 10 days, I gave you six months consecutive. You served time there, but you know, it doesn’t stop there.
Again, Melowese Richardson, she — claiming to be a victim in this case, you know — everybody’s against me. Again, you took the law into your own hands in 1993. You didn’t have money, or you felt you didn’t have to pay. You went into a place and stole. I’m Melowese Richardson. I can drive drunk. My brother gets in trouble, I’ll just intimidate the witness. If I don’t like some one in a bar, I’ll beat him up, kick him into submission. I don’t have the money. I don’t feel like paying for something, I’m Melowese Richardson, I can just steal.
And it’s voting time. I’m supposed to be the guardian of the voting system, but hey, I’m Melowese Richardson. I like President Obama, and that’s fine. A lot of people like President Obama. They voted and it was fair and square. Melowese Richardson, no I’m going to take the law into my own hands. I’m going to use my position of trust at the Board of Elections and I’m going to cheat, I’m going to vote absentee for myself, I’m going to vote personally for myself, cause I’m Melowese Richardson. I can do what I want, and my poor sister who is in a coma, her name has to be dragged into court. That poor woman’s been a coma since 2003. I’m Melowese Richardson. I’m going to get some more votes for President Obama. Again, if asked, I think he wold be appalled by your conduct. Nobody wants to be elected illegally, but you’re Melowese Richardson. Hey, I can take the law into my own hands. I’m going to vote for her. I’m going to cheat, cause I’m Melowese Richardson. I’ve conducted my life like that.
You know Ms. Richardson, this whole concept of one person one vote is a sacred thing. It’s what separates us from countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran. It’s a sacred right that we all have. We all should have our one vote. If you look around this courtroom, at all the people in this courtroom, you diluted the vote. In 2012 you did it, 2011 you did it, you did it this past election, multiple times, multiple years. You diluted the vote. You stole it, just like you steal from stores, just like you disrupt the justice system, just like you beat people up, again, because you’re Melowese Richardson, you stole a percentage of my vote and a percentage of everybody’s vote in this courtroom. You’re supposed to be the guardian. You’re supposed to be the lifeguard. You’re supposed to be making sure that this election process is fair. You stole part of my vote. You stole a percentage of my right to vote.
Your response was completely arrogant. You were on television. Arrogant. No remorse. Today, arrogant, no remorse. It’s not a persecution of you because of you’re race. This is not a persecution of you because you’re a Democrat. Again, I know Democrats and Republicans alike, Tim Burke, head of the Democrat Party, an honorable guy, one of the best lawyers in town — a great guy. I know a lot of great Democrats. They are appalled at this kind of thing. Republicans are too. It has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican. It has to do with the country, our Constitution.
Again, your response, ‘I think President Obama deserved to get re-elected. That’s why I did it.’ That’s appalling. I think he would be appalled by that too. You don’t care. You don’t follow the laws. You do whatever you want to do.
There’s been some comments too, that you alluded to, people alluded to, ‘well, you know, on a national scale, it’s a couple of votes. Of course, you were allow to — the prosecutor was being fair to you, in return for your admitting this, and I’m going to be fair to you too. The fact that you were willing to admit some counts, I take that into consideration. The prosecutor did too. They dropped some counts, but going through it again, Count 1, 2 votes, 1 for yourself and another for yourself, Count 5, 2012, again, that was your sister – an illegal vote there; Count 6, 4 years ago, that was your sister again, an illegal vote; and then Count 7, 2011, back in our [inaudible] election, you did it to, for your sister.
You know, some people might say this is just a few votes here and there. There have been other people indicted all across this country and there have been some commentators saying, ‘they’re just taking this too seriously. This is not that big of a deal, a few votes here and there. That is foolish, a foolish thought. This is important. This is the foundation of our country, the foundation of our democracy. Democracies are very delicate, very, very delicate. It’s not a little thing. It’s a silly thought for people to think this is a little thing. It’s like a guy coming home to his house, and seeing a few little insects running around, a few little termites, and thinking, what a few termites? Not a big thing. You brush them under the rug. Not going to worry about it. In about a month or two it’s about a million then a billion termites, gnawing away at the foundation of his house. Then his house falls down. It’s the same with a democracy.
You allow, especially a guardian, like you, and you allow the election process to go and you don’t take it seriously, and I just allow you to walk out of here with a slap on the hand, pretty soon it’s more votes and it’s more votes, and it starts to gnaw away at the foundation of this great democracy.
Perception is important. The reason why terrorists blow-up buildings an set-off bombs and at marathons, they know they’re not going to bring down the country with one bomb or with two buildings, but it causes a perception problem. People in our country start to feel uncomfortable. They start to question their safety…it can bring a democracy down…same with voter fraud…there’s a perception in this country that there is a lot more fraud than maybe there was and maybe there’s people being elected that should be elected. It affects the economy. It affects our whole psyche of our nation…and that’s why I have to come down hard on this….You know, there are elections that are decided on a few votes. There was out by me, the mayor of North Bend, elected by one vote, last year. A judge’s election recently, a controversial election for a juvenile court. There’s not many votes separating those two candidates. Every vote is important and you stole a percentage of our vote…
Then the transcript ends but you do not hear the sentencing. A member of law enforcement comes and takes her away and she is warned if there is any outburst inside the court or in the hallway she will be brought back in and be sentenced to six months in jail, I assume in addition to the five years. View the video here, it’s 14.31 minutes long.
I transcribed this long well-deserved and appropriate dress-down by the judge because I knew from a shorter clip that I had lost track of, that he mentioned soldiers. Here’s that clip:
…and for you to come into this court room and say what you did is okay, is like — just like you kicked those people in that bar, kicked them around, like kicking every soldier and every person who has fought for this country. It’s like, ‘you know what, I don’t care what you fought for cause I’m Melowese Richardson and I’m going to do what I want.’
The very sad thing is that Melowese Richardson couldn’t care less what he said. She thinks she is owned. She thinks all blacks are owed being figuratively kicked at the ballot box.
How could this woman have allowed to be a poll worker, let alone one with huge authority and responsibility, and how did she get out of jail in only eight months after a five year sentence?
UPDATE 4:54 p.m. 3/24/14: A commenter on this story pointed me to a CBS Cleveland story that says that Melowese Richardson was released early “in the interest of justice” because her attorney showed Judge Robert Ruehlman Richardson’s medical records which show she is bi-polar. How many are in prisons around the country that are bi-polar? I’m guessing more than a few. This woman belongs in jail. She certainly was able to get up on that church dias with Al Sharpton. Read more here.