WATERFORD — John Charles Scott, 22, had his pre-trial hearing re-scheduled to Nov. 13 on Tuesday on charges of election fraud.
Oakland County Prosecutors said that Scott, an independent candidate challenging incumbent County Commissioner John A. Scott (R-5th District) in the Nov. 6 election, falsely claimed he witnessed signatures on a petition to put him on the ballot.
Bloomfield Hills-based attorney H. Wallace Parker refused comment on Tuesday at 51st District Court in Waterford, where Judge Richard Kuhn rescheduled the hearing.
The maximum penalty if Scott, a West Bloomfield resident and student at Eastern Michigan University, is convicted, would be 93 days in jail.
The incumbent Scott, currently running to represent West Bloomfield, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake Village, Keego Harbor and Waterford, said earlier this month that the challenger ran solely in order to "confuse the election process." Parker had countered that the challenger had become interested upon hearing that the incumbent Scott might be running for a township office instead of reelection for a sixth-consecutive term to the Board of Commissioners.
The incumbent Scott said that he asked the Sheriff's Department to investigate in late August after supporters of his said that they signed a petition to put him on the ballot. The incumbent paid a $100 fee in order to get on the ballot, foregoing the petition process.
Parker told Patch that he questioned the location of the proceedings in Waterford, which is where the incumbent Scott lives. Parker claimed that the case should be held at 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, where the Board of Commissioners meets.
Kuhn on Tuesday referred to a motion made by Parker for the court to recuse itself, but Parker told the judge that he apologized for raising the issue.