Diebold "whistleblower" faces criminal charges in California
Saturday, March 4, 2006
prosecutors have brought three felony charges against Stephen Heller for stealing documents from his employer, the law firm .
The legal documents discussed the legal ramifications of activist allegations that California's secretary of state had the authority to investigate Diebold.had used uncertified voting systems in elections beginning in 2002. Jones Day represented the controversial electronic voting machine manufacturer at the time. The firm's lawyers concluded that if such uncertified systems were used, then Diebold could be sued by Alameda County for millions of dollars. The memos also discussed whether the
Mr. Heller has been charged with felony access to computer data, commercial burglary and receiving stolen property. He has pled not guilty.
Blair Berk, Heller's attorney said, "It's a devastating allegation for a whistle-blower. Certainly, someone who saw those documents could have reasonably believed that thousands of voters were going to be potentially disenfranchised in upcoming elections."
- "Black Box Voting finds anomalies in electronic voting logs of 2004 U.S. election" — Wikinews, March 4, 2006
- Hemmy So. "Man Pleads Not Guilty in Voting Device Case" — , February 22, 2006