Despite the fact that he once wrote a post in which he claimed that the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution does not explicitly afford a right to counsel (a post he long since scrubbed in embarrassment), Naugle likes to fancy himself a legal expert despite no qualifications whatsoever. Even though time after time, Matt Naugle’s foray into legal writing is just a laughable joke.
Earlier this week, Naugle even claimed there was a constitutional right to reckless driving.
Now, Naugle is asking his conservative readers to blatant violate Ohio’s election laws:
Matt Naugle should read R.C. 3517.21:
(A) No person, during the course of any campaign for nomination or election to public office or office of a political party, shall knowingly and with intent to affect the outcome of such campaign do any of the following:
(1) Serve, or place another person to serve, as an agent or employee in the election campaign organization of a candidate for the purpose of acting to impede the conduct of the candidate’s campaign for nomination or election or of reporting information to the employee’s employer or the agent’s principal without the knowledge of the candidate or the candidate’s organization.
The potentially criminal penalty for violating this code is up to six months for jail and up to $5,000 in fines per count.
But that’s just what any reader of Naugle’s tweet might face if they’re caught spying on the OFA meetings. So, Naugle’s off the hook, right? Hardly.
Under R.C. 2923.03, Naugle could be charged with complicity to infiltrate a political campaign:
(A) No person, acting with the kind of culpability required for the commission of an offense, shall do any of the following:
(1) Solicit or procure another to commit the offense;
The criminal penalty for complicity to an offense is the same as if you were the principal offender yourself except that Naugle could be charged for every count where some conservative does this and admits that they got the idea from Naugle.
Just how many different jurisdictions does this open Matt Naugle to criminal prosecution?
Matt, if I were your lawyer (which I’m not!), I’d advise that you look to R.C. 2923.03(E) and proceed expeditiously as that subsection advises.
Either that, or get a good criminal defense attorney on retainer (and be sure to ask about their bulk rate!)
It’s not every day you see a Tweet that could land a person in jail for up to a year and a half, after all!