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Michigan appeals court overturns Pinkney ruling

The AP reports that a Michigan appeals court overturned a ruling Wednesday that sent minister Edward Pinkney to prison for six months “after warning a judge that he could be tortured by God.” Pinkney “was convicted in 2007 of paying people $5 to vote in a recall election” in Benton Harbor, Michigan, “and was sentenced to probation.”

Pinkney later wrote in a Chicago newspaper that Judge Alfred Butzbaugh “could be punished by God with curses, fever and ‘extreme burning’ unless he repented, a reference to an Old Testament passage.” Another judge sent Pinkney “to prison for three to 10 years for violating probation with his words. Pinkney appealed saying his free-speech rights were trampled. In a 3-0 ruling, the Michigan Court of Appeals agreed.”

Pinkney ran for Congress from prison last year as a Green Party candidate, receiving 3,512 votes in Michigan’s Sixth District.

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  1. upstartgreen upstartgreen July 17, 2009

    Even if Rev. Pinkney wanted to buy the election, he certainly couldn’t come close to the money Fred Upton and Whirlpool spent to frame Rev. Pinkney and steal Jean Klock Park.

  2. mdh mdh July 16, 2009

    @2 – So you think that the richest possible candidates should win by way of vote buying?

    I guess the Green party has a nutty Christian streak in it – I have to say I’m a bit surprised though at that.

  3. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist July 16, 2009

    Wow, your starting to sound like me. Even the Constitution Party and my own comments don’t tell God to smite people.
    Anyway though, long live the Christian Left.

  4. upstartgreen upstartgreen July 16, 2009

    Rev. Pinkney is no whack-job. It is the Berrien County Judiciary thats a whack job. May God smite Judge Butzbaugh and Judge Wiley.

  5. mdh mdh July 16, 2009

    Why would the green party nominate an ultra-Christian whack-job who is in prison for vote buying? That’s just silly.

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