An attorney representing some voters in the Tuscaloosa voter fraud case wants to shield their names from the public to protect their identities.
Tuscaloosa BOE candidate Kelly Horwitz said in August that she felt some voters were bribed for their ballot with the promise of free alcohol.
As part of their evidence, her legal team presented a list of nearly 400 voter names that they allege were involved in the voting bribery. These voters may be called to testify in the voter fraud case.
Monday, attorney Robert Prince filed a motion to try and shield these voters' names. He also denies the allegations of bribery. Prince represents fraternity members from Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Pi Kappa Alpha as well as sorority members from Kappa Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Omicron Pi.
Prince sent this statement to FOX6 News regarding the new motion:
"I was surprised the plaintiff chose to list the unprotected names of UA students, some of whom were eighteen and nineteen years old, when she made her allegations of voter misconduct. Needless to say, that has had a chilling effect on some of them about exercising their right to vote. They, as all qualified U.S. citizens, have the right to freely cast their vote and do it by secret ballot. Our petition to intervene in behalf of the listed fraternities and sororities is designed to protect that right, while hopefully shielding them from further personal condemnation."
Judge James Roberts has extended the election contest deadline. There are two hearing in the case scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 6. A trial date has been set for Nov. 18.
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