Ex-Charlotte Mayor, a Convicted Felon, Votes in Violation of Bond

Jake Miller, CBS News, November 4, 2014

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was stripped of his right to vote in October when he was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to felony corruption charges.

But just over two weeks later, Cannon cast a ballot in North Carolina’s midterm elections. And the vote, a violation of Cannon’s bond, has again landed the former mayor in hot water.

“Let’s cut to the chase: He shouldn’t have done that, and we’re going to talk to him tomorrow,” Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, told the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday.

Forrest said he would report the violation to the same judge who handed down Cannon’s sentence in mid-October and allowed him to remain free on bond until he enters prison.


Cannon was arrested in March following an FBI corruption investigation. He pleaded guilty to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from a Charlotte strip club owner and FBI agents posing undercover, according to the Observer.

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  • Guest

    I suppose that it comes as no surprise when freaks take center stage at the world’s fair.

  • MekongDelta69

    “‘Let’s cut to the chase: He shouldn’t have done that, and we’re going to talk to him tomorrow,’ Greg Forrest, chief of the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte [said]”

    Uh oh. UH OH. They’re going to talk to him. That’s what I call, ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment in my book.

    “Listen young man. Wait ’til your father gets home. He’s gonna give you some ‘talking to’.”

    • DD-762

      Umm. I believe in Mr. Cannon’s case, your comment should read “wait ’til your mother gets home…” Get it?

      • MekongDelta69

        You got that right, Mr. Tin Can Sailor!

    • The probation department people will talk to him, but they are also required to file a report with the court, which means it all will wind back up in the hands of Cannon’s judge.

    • cranky_1970

      I love how illegally cast votes carry as much weight as legal ones. We got ObamaCare because a bunch of fraudulent ballots manufactured for Al Frankin turned up in a car trunk in a Somali neighborhood of Minneapolis two weeks after the election.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        In Alaska, as we speak, state Election Officials are waiting for the “outlying” vote totals to be delivered to them by dogsled from the Inuit areas, which is why Begich won’t concede.

        I suspect there will be more votes than there are Inuits…

    • Earl P. Holt III

      Well, to be fair about it: The vast majority of “those people” ARE children emotionally and intellectually, in any meaningful sense of the word…

  • I’m surprised he was even caught. You can bet they counted his ballot, though.

    • ncpride

      To no avail, though. What do you think about the Republican victories last night? Now that they control both the House and the Senate, will they actually DO anything with it?

      • It’s simple what happened last night, really.

        There are a lot of people who have a lot of hidden agendas trying to goose an interpretation of last night to fit their agenda, like throwing the dart against the wall then painting the dart board around it.

        All that happened last night is that the incumbent President is a Democrat, he’s unpopular, and the Republican Party is the other party on the ballot. That helped swing (by the time it’s all over) nine Senate seats because this year’s Senate races were almost entirely Democrats defending what was a good Senate cycle for them six years ago, 2008, a lot of them were in solid or light red states. Red team was helped by black and Hispanic severe apathy.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        The Republican victories tickled me to death. In Georgia, WHITE voters closed ranks to keep the “gibsmedat” white-hating blacks from electing their Democratic candidates. I

        In the Georgia Governors and Senate races, the Republican candidates won 73% and 74% of the WHITE VOTE respectively, while the Democrats won only 23% and 23% of the white vote. The Latino vote was surprising, with Hispanics favoring the Democratic candidates, but only by 53% to 47%.

        Experience the power of the WHITE VOTE. Whites make the difference.

        • Those two statewide races in Georgia — Two more examples of how the lethargic black turnout helped Republicans have an easy night.

          The polling showed that both Republicans would lead but not with a majority after yesterday’s vote, meaning a later runoff. In reality, both won with outright majorities.

          It looks like trying to run a daughter of Sam Nunn and a grandson of Jimmy Carter didn’t work. Then again, the whole case against Nathan Deal was that he was somehow “incompetent” during an Atlanta snowstorm last winter. That great snowstorm was a surprise quick few inches that hit at just the wrong time; I guess we were to assume that Nathan Deal has power over weather patterns. That and Atlanta drivers probably aren’t used to snow compared to, say, Minneapolis drivers.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            WSB radio out of Atlanta was booming that the percentage of the nonwhite vote was the highest in Georgia history… about 36% Not sure about the white turnout, but it must have been somewhat crushing in Cherokee, Forsyth, and Hall Counties..the Dems got as little as 18%.

            Most Georgia voters now have very little connection to the memory of the Carter/Nunn era of the 1970s and 1980s. So now it really doesn’t matter. And with so many new residents from the Northeast and Midwest, there is really little left-over nostalgia for the good ‘ol democratic days of Carter-Nunn.

          • That’s an easily testable theory; the way to do it is to check the percentage turnout in Georgia’s counties, compared to statewide. I bet you’ll find diverse counties had low turnout and white counties had high.

          • Nancy

            Well, George Bush was somehow responsible for the levee breaks and Hurricane Katrina, so of course they believe Republicans control the weather.

        • Tarczan

          On Rev Al Sharptons’ show they were saying this result was from old white people voting.

      • WR_the_realist

        No. The Democrats are very good at making good on their promises to ruin the country once they have the votes to do so, while the Republicans are very good at forgetting all their promises to undo the damage of the Democrats once they have the votes to actually do something.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        They have the task of cleaning out the Augean Stables, and were handed a broom last Tuesday: The vast majority of their work is still ahead of them…

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Of course they did.

  • superlloyd

    He should be jailed at once and an extra term added to his sentence. The arrogance and untouchability of blacks since Obola’s inauguration beggars belief. Truly sickening.

  • I imagine the judge will revoke the idiot’s bond. Since he was technically under supervision for his current conviction, I imagine the feds can take some of his good behavior time away from him. The US Attorney’s Office can also file new charges for voter fraud.

    It also occurs to me that self-surrender to prison earns one a 2-point reduction on the federal sentencing guidelines tables. If the judge revokes his bond and has him taken into immediate custody, Cannon will lose that freebie and serve a longer sentence. An additional inconvenience to not being allowed to self-surrender is that Cannon will have to purchase items from the prison commissary – at higher prices than those of Wal Mart – that he would otherwise have been allowed to bring with him (athletic shoes, plain t-shirts, socks, boxers, a sweat suit, etc.)

    • Ike Eichenberg

      What color and party is the judge?

      • I doubt it matters. Most judges really hate being jacked around with. Ever watch “Judge Judy”?

        • Ike Eichenberg

          No disagreement, most are arrogant.
          But they’re still political creatures susceptible to political favors.

        • Nancy

          I love her. Watch her every day. It’s especially amusing when she has unintelligible ghetto blacks, who butcher the English language, trying to win the Ghetto Lottery by asking for a $5,000 judgement because “La’tre’liqua be owin’ me money for dat weed and food stamps I sol’ her.” Of course, both the Plaintiff and Defendant are either full-time “students” (taking one class online), “home health care workers” (collecting from the State for babysitting Granny and buying her smokes), or on “disability” (for something like asthma). Regardless, they’re always unemployed.

          Always fun to see them trying to be rewarded for running scams.

    • HE2

      MCS, get over it. :]
      You are describing a likely scenario were the perp White hetero male.
      He is black. De judge mebbe order a scale back on his outings to Popeye’s.

    • SFLBIB

      A federal judge put former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon under house
      arrest Thursday rather than revoke his bond and send him immediately to
      jail for casting an illegal ballot last week.

      Cannon will be on home detention with electronic monitoring until
      his Nov. 18 scheduled report date for a West Virginia prison, where he
      will serve a 44-month sentence for accepting bribes.

      Felons lose their right to vote, and North Carolina law considers it a new felony when they vote anyway.

      Cannon apologized in court, telling U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney that he didn’t know he was breaking the law when he early voted Oct. 30 at Ballantyne Commons.

      charlotteobserver. com/2014/11/06/5296293/illegal-vote-puts-former-charlotte. html#.VFvM08kbuHs#storylink=cpy

      Apparently, ignorance of the law is a legitimate excuse now.

      • Felons do lose their right to vote, but this is permanent only in Florida and Kentucky. In any other state, one must finish any prison sentence and then state parole or federal probation, but then one can vote again. My firearms rights are still in the toilet. I finished my paper on December 22, 2006. This was supposed to have been done early that July, but there were some unanswered questions, to which I answered only to my original lawyer and then Judge Miller.

        If I moved to Florida or Kentucky, I could not legally register to vote, nor would I. Needless to say, I have no intention of moving anywhere, let alone to either of those states, or even visiting those two.

  • Fed Up

    Surely no one is surprised to find the “good mayor” turned out to be a criminal. I mean he’s Black, isn’t he?

    • ncpride

      They knew for years he was a criminal and rotten to the core…….he was under investigation, even while he was running for Mayor.

      • Born_In_The_Pineywoods

        And yet he was too stupid to cool it and stop accepting bribes despite the investigations. Genius.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    The media will likely bury this story, but should the story blow up I can already see how the media will spin it. The ex-mayor losing his right to vote will become a “teaching lesson” to “open up the national dialogue” about how laws which take away the right to vote due to a felony conviction have a disparate impact on blacks. These laws, as the media will tell it, are yet another way that whites try to disenfranchise blacks.

  • Revenge is sweet, eh Amren? How many of us get to see our political enemies imprisoned. It’s good to see a probation officer doing his job, too. Bond needs to be revoked. Let’s see if the judge has the courage to do it.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    USA ought to throw this no good uppity big mouf afro-thief Patrick Cannon back in prison where he belongs. And who is this vile Cannon to criticize Jared Taylor and AMREN anyway? This afro-creep Cannon isn’t fit to shine Jared Taylor’s shoes. I mean it. He’d probably STEAL them.

    • I shine my own good shoes and boots, though these days, those mostly only get dusty. Not only am I cheap, but I do a better job than anyone else.

      Having been to federal prison myself, I believe Cannon is eminently suited to the 4:00 AM to noon chow-hall shift. I also waited until I was off federal paper before re-registering to vote. Cheers, Patrick!

  • Viking_61

    Just like in Africa. This “Wabenzi” “man of the people” is off to Negro U.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    “Ussens jes don haf to observe de law ’cause we is speshel and pribeleged an cause dey was slabes ‘roun here ’bout a milyon yeers ago…”