NAACP Demands Charges Be Dropped Against 'Madison 2'

UPDATED 4.16.2013 by Julie Montanaro

The Madison 9 is now down to two and the NAACP is demanding charges against them be dropped.

They protested outside the state attorney's door this morning.

"It's just, its just been real rough. Its just something I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through," Tina Johnson, Still Facing Charges, said.

Tina and Earnest Johnson are the last of the Madison 9 still facing charges for voter fraud. They stood outside the state attorney's office as the NAACP demanded charges against them be dropped.

"Enough is enough," Juvais Harrington, Florida State Chapter, NAACP, said.

"The charges should be dropped, and we are very confident they will be by the judge. But we're asking is that Willie Meggs would concede," Jami Coleman, Johnson's Attorney, said.

Tina Johnson was the winner of a hotly contested school board race in Madison County in 2010. She was suspended after she and eight others were accused in an absentee ballot scheme.

Judges have already dropped the charges against five others.

Two more had charges dropped after signing deferred prosecution deals.

Prosecutor Georgia Cappleman says she considers the Johnson's the most culpable of all and vows to let the courts decide.

"Some of the other people that were arrested were more peripheral players in the investigation whereas she's the target of the investigation," Cappleman said.

The NAACP called on prosecutors to concede there was no criminal conduct or intent.

"There was no ill feelings," Laverne Haynes, Madison 9, said. "No ill intent. Nothing. It was just to assist people that were not able to vote."

"I thought it was okay to help folk, you know, to vote," Earnest Johnson, Still Facing Charges, said. "We're just waiting and hoping that everything will just be in our favor."

The Johnson's are awaiting a court date to consider a motion to dismiss the charges.


UPDATED 4.16.2013 by Julie Montanaro

The Madison 9 is now down to two and the NAACP is demanding charges against them be dropped.

They protested outside the state attorney's door this morning.


UPDATED 4.10.2011 by Julie Montanaro

The "Madison 9" is now down to the Madison 2.

A Leon County judge today dropped the charges against former Madison County elections supervisor Jada Williams.

She was facing 17 counts of neglect of duty.

Williams was one of nine people arrested in a voter fraud investigation that stemmed from a 2010 Madison County school board race.

Williams' attorney said there was no evidence she committed a crime.

"Today Jada Williams was fully and completely exonerated by the Court. All of the charges were dismissed because there was no evidence that she ever committed any type of crime. The evidence clearly showed that she was not involved in any fraud or collusion whatsoever," attorney Matt Foster said.

"Now the hard part is going to be putting her life back together and moving forward. This has been very difficult but anyone who knows Jada will tell you she is a fighter and will find a way to get back on her feet," he said.

Williams was suspended from her job in the wake of her arrest and lost a subsequent election.


Tallahassee, FL - Charges against another one of the Madison Nine have been dropped.

Jada Williams - the former elections supervisor - was facing 17 counts of neglect of duty.

She was being tried in Leon County. County Judge Aikens dismissed the charges this morning.

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