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Woman pleads guilty to forging petition signatures

SOUTH BEND – The former Democratic head of voter registration in a northern Indiana county has pleaded guilty to being involved in forging signatures on petitions to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the state’s 2008 presidential primary ballot.

The South Bend Tribune reports Pam Brunette pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of felony forgery, one count of felony official misconduct and one count of felony falsifying a petition. Three more counts were dismissed. She faces up to 14 years in prison when St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge John Marnocha sentences her on May 9.

She is the second person to plead guilty. Charges are still pending against former St. Joseph County’s Democratic Party chairman Butch Morgan and another man. They’re scheduled to go on trial April 22.