Bob Fitrakis

Bob Fitrakis is a lawyer and award-winning journalist and Professor of Political Science in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College.

He earned his law degree at the Ohio State University Mortitz College of Law, and his Ph.D in Political Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Well known for his support of electoral justice for all Americans, his most recent book is How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election and Is Rigging 2008.

Earlier works include The Brothers Voinovich and the Ohiogate Scandal and Imprison George W. Bush: Commentary On Why The President Must Be Indicted (co-authored with Harvey Wasserman).

Bob was an Election Protection attorney on November 2, 2004 in Franklin County. He called the first public hearings to investigate voter suppression and election irregularities after the 2004 election, and was one of four attorneys to file a challenge to Ohio's presidential election results in the Moss v. Bush and Moss v. Moyer lawsuits.

How the GOP Stole the 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Elections, and How to Stop it in 2008

(Presented with Harvey Wasserman)

The one thing America can say with pride about George W. Bush is that we never elected him president. Now we must stop the GOP from doing more of the same in 2008. As internet reporters and researchers based in Columbus, Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman have become "the Woodward and Bernstein of the 2004 election," according to Rev. Jesse Jackson. They are the ultimate experts on the relentless GOP vote theft strategies that have brought the satanic chaos of the Bush catastrophe, and that would prolong the nightmare. Together, they have broken nearly all the major stories of the stolen 2004 Ohio vote that gave Bush a second term. They have researched and documented how presidential elections were stolen in 2000 and 2004, how the GOP stole three US Senate seats in 2002, an Ohio Congressional seat in 2003, two statewide referenda in 2005 and a number of Congressional seats in 2006. Fitrakis/Wasserman will explain how to prevent it from happening again in 2008.

Obama, McCain, Nader, Barr and the Greens: Making Sense of the Mess That Is the 2008 Campaign

(Presented with )

The astonishing rise of the first African-American presidential candidacy has been accompanied by the nomination of the oldest candidate, a new run from Ralph Nader, a right-wing campaign from a come-lately Libertarian, and another Green Party run from Cynthia McKinney. Given the total domination of the corporate media by big money manipulators like Rupert Murdoch, this presidential campaign promises to be supremely nasty and ugly. It will also be a fight to the death for the soul of America, given the catastrophic consequences of a potential third term for George W. Bush. Come and express your opinion before you count your ballot.

The Endless Horrors of the Failed Drug War

The "War on Drugs" is now nearly 40 years old. The only thing it has "accomplished" is the shredding of the U.S. Constitution. Dating from the Hearst family's need to protect its investments in tree-based paper, and to Nixon's Vietnam-era war on the counter-culture, the Drug War has been a relentless nightmare meant to bring down American democracy. Few would have believed in the 1960s that marijuana would still be illegal 40 years later. The immense financial and political stake in criminal prosecutions and incarcerations has yielded a systematic injustice with a huge institutional constituency, yet the campaigns for medical marijuana and the burgeoning demand for industrial hemp may be turning the tide. Activist/historian Wasserman will put the Drug War in its pharmacological, legal and historic context, and discuss what is happening now and what to expect in the future.

















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