After being arrested for throwing voter registration forms into a dumpster before the 2012 election, a young Republican will not be dealing with any legal ramifications. A Virginia judge dropped several misdemeanor charges against 23-year-old Colin Small. Felony charges were dropped back in April, but Small was still facing five misdemeanor counts until this week, the Huffington Post reported.
Small's lawyer, John C. Holloran, argued that his client wasn’t trying to stop anyone from voting and that he just made a mistake. Small, a friend from college and Small's former tennis coach all testified. The young man was charged with discarding four voter registration forms.
"It's amazing that common sense and wisdom and mercy don't have a more stellar place in our justice system," Holloran said. "The Democrats blow it up for the presidential election, accuse the Republicans of committed fraud. The Republicans in our jurisdiction then, you know, absolutely drop the anvil on him … In order to cover their butts, they went overboard on another Republican so they couldn't be accused of favoring their own."
Small was registering voters on behalf of the Republican Party. Small’s carelessness shouldn't have resulted in criminal charges, Holloran said.
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"It was taking a case where a kid made a mistake and blowing it up in the winds of a presidential election. Democrats batted it out of the park, or tried to, and Republicans said, well, we better [cover our ass] on this and we'll just roast one of our own so nobody can call us and say we're playing favorites because the kid's a Republican," he said.
Small’s life can now go back to normal.
"He's back home living with mom and dad, and his life has been on hold, basically, ever since the charges came out," Holloran said. "The bigger picture is that before Oct. 15 of last year, that mother and father and Colin and his sister never hit anything other than good grades, Eagle Scout, successful athletics, good reputation, high moral character, that's what they knew in life. And then all the sudden he became a national figure. They took an awful booking photo of him, he looks almost evil. He's just a nice kid, and they just rolled over that family and that family has been traumatized."