Douglass Mackey Convicted of Election Interference for Sharing Joke ‘Vote By Phone’ Meme Ahead of 2016 Election


    by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

    Douglass Mackey, aka Twitter influencer Ricky Vaughn, is facing 10 years in prison after being found guilty on Friday on a charge of “conspiracy against rights” for sharing joke memes on Twitter claiming Democrats could vote for Hillary Clinton by phone in the 2016 election.

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    From The Department of Justice, “Social Media Influencer Douglass Mackey Convicted of Election Interference in 2016 Presidential Race”:

    Douglass Mackey, also known as “Ricky Vaughn,” was convicted today by a federal jury in Brooklyn of the charge of Conspiracy Against Rights stemming from his scheme to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote. The verdict followed a one-week trial before United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly. When sentenced, Mackey faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

    Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the verdict.

    “Mackey has been found guilty by a jury of his peers of attempting to deprive individuals from exercising their sacred right to vote for the candidate of their choice in the 2016 Presidential Election,” stated United States Attorney Peace. “Today’s verdict proves that the defendant’s fraudulent actions crossed a line into criminality and flatly rejects his cynical attempt to use the constitutional right of free speech as a shield for his scheme to subvert the ballot box and suppress the vote.”

    In 2016, Mackey established an audience on Twitter with approximately 58,000 followers. A February 2016 analysis by the MIT Media Lab ranked Mackey as the 107th most important influencer of the then-upcoming Presidential Election.

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