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The week that was

May 26, 2013
Minot Daily News

FRAUD CASE STILL GOING Call it the case that simply won't go away. Last year, three North Dakota State University football players were convicted of petition fraud after they faked names on petitions for two proposed ballot measures. The players pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and part of their sentencing was performing community service. Now, it's being reported that D.J. McNorton, Aireal Boyd and Don Carter have failed to complete the required community service. We realize the crime was a misdemeanor, but it sparked outrage in the state and calls for tougher laws and penalties for election fraud. The actions of the players and others in the case resulted in two potential measures being kept off the November election ballot, forcing organizers to start over in gathering signatures. And now the players are seemingly thumbing their noses at North Dakota law once again. It's simply unacceptable behavior, and we hope the players fulfill the conditions of their sentencing.



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