Americana: When the Law Is Blind

Truck Driver Calvin Knapp ran a write-in, word-of-mouth campaign last November for the unpaid job of constable of Michigan's Novi township. He won, but the satisfaction of victory was tempered by a $300 fine for having failed to form the proper committees and to file the right reports. Dave Darsky, who ran a losing race for the Berkley school board, contends that his sole campaign expense was maybe "a little extra dog food" for his poodle Abner, who wore a sandwich board proclaiming VOTE FOR DARSKY. HE'LL WORK LIKE A DOG FOR YOUR KIDS. But Darsky too was hit with a...

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