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Heavy-Handed Politics

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Jailed Official Predicts More Indictments

No we're not talking about Tom Delay, or Karl Rove, or Scooter Libby, or Dick Cheney, it's .........

Kelvin Ellis, a former East St. Louis official on his way to prison for vote fraud and other convictions, says he's sure there are more indictments to come. "I'm certain there are other targets," Ellis said with a trademark, gap-toothed grin. He declined to name one, but insisted, "I can't be the be-all, end-all. There has to be something else."

In June, a jury convicted Ellis, along with the city's Democratic Party chairman, Charles Powell Jr., and three others of a conspiracy to commit vote fraud in 2004. Prosecutors said the five handed out $5 bills to get key Democrats elected.

Ellis had been a top aide to Mayor Carl Officer in the 1990s, and previously served 18 months in prison for using his position in city government to get kickbacks. He eventually found his way back to power in City Hall.

A former choirboy, Ellis now has accumulated four felony convictions.


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