Election Fraud Witness Killed In Solo Plane Crash
Said Recently Threatened by Karl Rove, Had Beeen Key Witness in OH '04 Election Fraud Case
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Guest blogged by Emily Levy of Velvet Revolution
[Additional material added on 12/20/08 by Brad Friedman]
The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that the private plane of the GOP's highly-placed "IT guru" Mike Connell's went down in Lake Township, Ohio on Friday evening. Connell was killed in the crash and is reported to have been the only person on board. There are no reports of anyone on the ground being hurt, though his plane crashed in a residential neighborhood.
Connell is a familiar name to readers of The BRAD BLOG as a key witness in the King-Lincoln v. Blackwell lawsuit regarding fraud in the 2004 Presidential Election in Ohio. That recently revived, long-standing lawsuit led to Connell's recent deposition on November 3, 2008, the day before this year's general election. According to plaintiff's lead attorney Cliff Arnebeck in July, a tipster had warned that Connell had been threatened by Karl Rove, as The BRAD BLOG reported at the time, in an attempt to intimidate him into "taking the fall" for Ohio election fraud not long after a motion was filed to lift the stay in that case.
Connell had been memorably described as a "high IQ Forrest Gump", by the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Ohio fraud case, for his apparent penchant at the scene of "every single crime" from Florida 2000 to Ohio 2004 to the network firewall on a number of key Congressional committees to the case of the missing White House emails. (Video and text transcript of the interview with the attorneys here.)
In late September, the federal judge in the Ohio case agreed to lift the stay, and in late October he compelled Connell to give a deposition to plaintiff attorneys on the Monday before the Tuesday general election.
Connell had been served with a subpoena to appear in the federal courtroom in Ohio at the same College Park, MD airport where his single engine plane reportedly took off from last night, on his final solo flight...
The following clip (appx 6:45 mins) from the documentary film, FREE FOR ALL!, released just prior to the motion to lift the stay on the King-Lincoln case in order to compel the testimony of Connell and others, including possibly Rove, offers some background on how Connell and his companies fit into the bigger picture of the investigation into potential crimes masterminded Rove, the GOP and the White House...
Much more background on Mike Connell is available in these recent stories by The BRAD BLOG:
Ohio Attorney Files to Lift Stay on '04
Election Case, Cites Allegations, Evidence of Massive Fraud
by a Number of GOP Operatives
• 7/22/08: GOP Tech Guru Mike Connell 'High IQ Forrest Gump...At Scene of Every Single Crime' Say Ohio Attorneys
• 7/24/08: Rove Threatened GOP IT Guru If He Does Not 'Take the Fall' for Election Fraud in Ohio, Says Attorney
• 7/25/08: Cliff Arnebeck, OH Attorney, Interviewed Live on Peter B. Collins Show
• 7/26/08: So Who Is Mike Connell? A Clip from 'Free For All' Gives You an Idea...
• 9/29/08: STAY LIFTED IN '04 OHIO ELECTION FRAUD CASE, GOP 'TECH GURU' SUBPOENAED
• 10/31/08: BREAKING: Federal Judge Compels GOP IT Guru Mike Connell To Give Deposition in Ohio '04 Election Case
• 11/24/08: 'Document Hold' Served by OH Attorney to GA SoS in Advance of State's U.S. Senate Run-off Election
UPDATE: RAW STORY's Larisa Alexandrovna, who reports that both Connel and his wife were sources of hers, shares some thoughts on the circumstances of his death.