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It's legal: Prison Inmate Vying for US Senate in Minnesota

It's legal: Prison Inmate Vying for US Senate in Minnesota

July 13, 2018 11:21 PM


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A prison inmate serving a life term for two murders is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota. And it's legal.
    
The Star Tribune reports that Minnesota law bars inmates from running for state-level offices, but they can run for federal office.
    
Leonard Richards was convicted of killing his half-sister, May Wilson, in 1982, and of fatally shooting his lawyer, Robert Stratton, in 1987. The 75-year-old has unsuccessfully sought federal office several times.
    
Stratton's sister says the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office told her it couldn't keep Richards off the ballot. A legal adviser for the office said courts have ruled it can't prohibit a felon, even a prisoner, from filing an affidavit of candidacy.
    
Stratton's sister says she wants voters to know Richards' history. She also intends to ask lawmakers to change the requirements.

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