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Election board petitioned to hold hearing on perjury claim

| Thursday, April 25, 2002

A Vanderbilt woman who is a member of the Fayette County voter fraud committee is asking the election board to investigate what she claims is perjury committed by another member of the group.

Jeraldine Mazza, of Flatwoods Road, has petitioned the election board to hold a hearing to investigate her claims that Joseph Malaspina, of Washington Township, committed perjury by stating and affixing his signature to three different nominating petitions for the office of committeeman for three township districts.

Mazza has previously brought this matter to the attention of the Fayette County commissioners who each appointed four persons to the 12-member voter integrity panel. Most recently, she attended the April 11 meeting and asked Chairman Vincent Vicites to remove Malspina from the panel.

Malaspina, who resides in Washington Township District 2, circulated petitions on behalf of Gloria Yuschak in township District 1 and Sean Sypolt in township District 4. These were thrown out by two Fayette County judges.

Additionally, he circulated a petition for himself in District 2.

Malaspina, at the April 11 commissioners' meeting, said he signed the petitions to confirm that he was circulating the petitions.

Sheryl Heid, solicitor for the election board, has asked the board to schedule a hearing on Mazza's petition and requested that she submit in writing names of witnesses and a list of exhibits.

Election board member David Lohr said the board will hear Mazza's petition as it is "the right of every citizen in the county."

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