Witness: Democratic chair directed forged signatures

President Barack Obama at a campaign stop in Lawrence in 2008.
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Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of a former Democratic county chairman and a party member accused of forging signatures on petitions used to place Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the 2008 state Democratic primary ballot.
WSBT-TV reports testimony will resume Thursday in the trial of former chairman Butch Morgan. Attorneys for party member Dustin Blythe rested their case Wednesday.
Morgan faces two counts of conspiracy to commit petition fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery.  Blythe is charged with nine counts of forgery and one count of falsifying a petition.
Two women charged in the case testified Wednesday that Morgan asked them to copy signatures from one petition to blank petitions. Bev Shelton and Pam Brunette both have pleaded guilty.

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