15 charged with faking ND petition signatures
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September 07, 2012 01:50 PM | 320 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Eight North Dakota State University football players are among 15 people who have been formally charged with faking petition signatures in a scandal that blocked two initiatives from getting on the ballot.

Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick says the 15 are scheduled for their first court appearance Oct. 2. They were charged Friday with a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Four of the accused football players are starters. Another three defendants are former members of the team.

Allegations of faked signatures forced North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger to disqualify two initiatives from the ballot this week. The initiatives sought to set up a conservation fund financed by oil taxes and to legalize marijuana use for pain relief.

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