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DEMOCRAT OF THE YEAR Convicted Of Stealing From a Blind Cerebral Palsy Victim

The Democratic Party was made aware of the ongoing criminal investigation and honored Carson anyway.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The woman named
“Democrat of The Year” this year by the Jefferson County Democratic
Party has been convicted of felony theft by a Jefferson County jury for
stealing from a developmentally disabled 71-year-old woman.
“The jury did right,” said Cindy Maxwell, an advocate for the victim.


On Thursday, a jury convicted 66-year-old Estelle Carson of felony
identify theft and felony theft from an at risk adult for stealing
checks from the woman and using them to pay her own cable, cell phone
and internet bills.
The victim is partially blind, developmentally disabled, has cerebral
palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. She is on a fixed income of $596
per month according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

Nearly as bothersome as the theft itself to Maxwell and other
supporters of the victim, is the fact the Jefferson County Democratic
Party was made aware of the ongoing criminal investigation and honored
Carson anyway.



According to documents obtained by CBS4, in November of 2011, the
Jeffco Democratic Party announced it planned to honor Carson for her
activism on behalf of Democratic causes and her efforts to register
voters.
But three days before the January 8 gala, advocates for the victim
contacted the party via email and phone informing them of the criminal
investigation.
One wrote “I am completely appalled,” to learn of the planned honor.
The woman suggested the Democratic Party should “un-invite Estelle and
not follow through with this honor.”
Cindy Maxwell told CBS4 she informed Democratic Party officials that
Carson had already confessed to the theft as part of the investigation.
But Chris Kennedy, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic party,
dismissed the concerns saying there was not a conviction and bestowed
the “Democrat Of The Year” honor on Carson.
In an email following the event, Kennedy wrote, “After much
consideration, my decision was that the award being presented by my
organization and the alleged financial exploitation need to be
compartmentalized, one having no bearing on the other. Thus I decided to
present the award to Estelle.”
“I thought it was outrageous,” said Maxwell, “I was appalled.”


Kennedy reiterated to CBS4 that he went ahead with the award because Carson had only been accused, not convicted.


“I did not have reason to believe it was true,” said Kennedy.


Now that Carson has been convicted, Cindy Maxwell is asking the Jefferson County Democratic Party to rescind the honor.


“I’d like to see her stripped of that award. I have been a Democrat
my entire life. I’m disappointed they would allow something like that to
happen,” said Maxwell.

CBS4 called Estelle Carson but her voicemail message said her mailbox
was full. She is due in court in December for sentencing. She faces a
maximum of nine years in prison for the two felony charges.

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Added: Oct-28-2012 
By: Bob_Lablaw
In:
Regional News, Other News, Politics, WTF
Tags: DEMOCRAT OF THE YEAR, democrat, Estelle Carson, disabled
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