Ohio Commission Issues Convoluted Split-Decision on Schmidt v. Krikorian Case


0824sibel1CINCINNATI, Ohio—Following a second day of intense testimony outlining the complicated web of Turkish interests to fueling Armenian Genocide denial in the U.S., a perplexed Ohio Elections Commission issued, what can only be described as a convoluted and confounding split decision ruling on the case brought by OH Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) against her presumptive Democratic Congressional opponent David Krikorian.

In a series of 4 panel votes, Commissioners affirmed that Turkish funds are a primary source of support for Rep. Schmidt’s political campaign, but chided Krikorian for statements related to Turkish Government funding of his opponent.  The votes were taken after a controversial and befuddling panel decision to disregard testimony provided regarding the Armenian Genocide and its denial – an integral component of the allegations and Krikorian’s defense.

Throughout the proceedings, Krikorian attorneys Mark Geragos and Christopher Finney raised concerns and objections to the Commission’s questionable and inconsistent approach to the entire process and expressed serious doubts about the ultimate validity of the Commission’s decisions.  

Krikorian’s attorneys have indicated that they will be issuing a public statement shortly regarding any future challenge or appeal on the Ohio Elections Commission’s decision.

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