ND Supreme Court Rejects Legal Challenge From Backers Of Medicinal Marijuana Case


The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled on a challenge from the backers of one of the measures derailed by the NDSU football players (the medicinal marijuana measure). The argument was that the measure might have had enough signatures had the Secretary of State not invalidated all of the signatures on a given petition found to involve fraud.

The court rejected that argument, noting that “the validity of submitted petitions depends upon the veracity of the circulators’ averment that each of the signatures in the petition was made in the circulators’ presence and each signature was the genuine signature of the individual whose name it purports to be.”

The Secretary of State’s office stated that the petition circulators themselves couldn’t tell which signatures were fraudulent and which were valid, thus it seems appropriate that any petition found to have invalid signatures be thrown out entirely.

On a related note, I would still like to see the sponsors of these measures held to a level of scrutiny and accountability. According to reports from the Secretary of State’s office the fraud taking place on these petitions was pretty obvious, yet none of the petition organizers caught it? And there is some question as to whether or not they encouraged the fraud or at least were aware of it.

An open records request I made for emails from NDSU officials back in September made it seem like the players may be testifying against their employers in this matter. There’s no indication, though, as to whether or not that’s actually happening.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Tim Heise

    It is crazy that these “kids” did not even get a slap on the wrist.

    • Lianne

      Oh, Each of the players was ordered to serve 360 days of unsupervised probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay $325 in fees. All of the sentences were deferred, meaning the crime will be expunged from a player’s record if he completes the conditions of his sentence. what more could we ask for? (sarcaasm) They completely destroyed the voting process and this is all they get?

      • Tim Heise

        I agree. This happens all over the country. election Fraudsters rarely go to jail.

        • Lianne

          How many times have petitions have there been across the nation that were stopped because of such fraud? Or are they given a pass and allowed on the ballots even if there were fraudulant signatures?

          • Lianne

            correction: How many times across the nation have petitions been stopped because of such fraud? sorry

  • Mildred Mittlefinch

    Transparency is the key. Knowing the parties involved says a lot. It is like Mitt and his tax returns. If Mitt were forced to disclose his tax returns we could all make our own judgement about how he dodged taxes. Now if Rob Port would apply the scrutiny to Mitt that he does to every Democrat we could see how the rich benefit from the tax breaks they carve out for themselves. One you know the rats involved you learn a lot. When you find out Karl Rove is one of the rats you know what you are dealing with. Same with the Koch brothers. Once you have transparency and can see who the greedy rat is manipulating the system you can make a fair judgement.

    • Lianne

      I guess you needed to rant because of your feelings of frustration toward your party; but you posted on the wrong one. This is about a ND case before the ND Supreme Court. It is about 10 or 11 football players who were too ignorant, too lazy or completely led astray by the sponsores of this petition to obtain signatures legally.
      Now, I have read several reports about the 20 year tax returns that Romney released before the first debate. At least get up to speed.

  • robert108

    You must be conflicted, port. You fanatically want big govt drug legalization, and this “medicinal’ pot is legalized neighborhood drug dealing, but you also hate football players, and want them to hang for their petition fraud. Must be tough.

    • Lianne

      I, on the other hand, am against legalizing the stuff, but am more upset about the fraudulant signatures and the lack of punishment by both the university and the state. I should be happy that the guys were caught and all that work for the petition is down the drain, but I am not. I am glad they were caught, I am glad the Supreme Court upheld the Secrectary of State’s decision. I am very unhappy with the boys who perpetrated this crime, and with unknown person or persons who was/were the liason(s) between the petitioners, the company from Iowa and the players. It shows complete lack of respect for the voting process and the people of ND.

  • Snarkie

    Legalize it… bro.