From the Journal – Fine for Racine man who forged recall signatures

Assistant District Attorney James Newlun on Friday called for jail time for Demet, plus counseling. He said Demet, basically, told the investigator “since they’re evil, it’s OK to cheat. It’s OK to cheat because he’s right

RACINE — A Racine man said he let his “emotions run wild” in the “toxic political environment in the state of Wisconsin” and that’s why he forged more than a half-dozen signatures on recall election petitions.

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Mark S. Demet, 60, tried during his sentencing hearing on Friday to explain the reasons he forged those signatures in 2011 and 2012 during the super-charged political climate of the recall election.

“I let my emotions run wild and you know, sometimes hatred blinds you to what’s right or wrong. I knew what I did was wrong, but I was so filled with hatred I did it anyway,” Demet said during his sentencing. “But I learned a valuable lesson, that hatred really doesn’t benefit anybody. It certainly didn’t benefit me in any way, and I truly apologize for my actions.”

But Racine County Circuit Judge Charles Constantine retorted that Demet’s reasoning “is almost teenager-ish. You’re an adult.”

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