Had it not been for coverage provided by the blogosphere (hat tip Malkin), most people would not have known that the trial of the Election Day Slashers had started today. The coverage of the trial to this point is limited to a few local sources such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
As Michelle Malkin puts it:
"If these dudes were Republicans, their faces would have been all over the news today as their trial on felony counts of vandalism in the Election Day 2004 tire-slashing of more than 20 vehicles rented by Republican campaigners finally got underway"
Indeed, with a witness list that includes the President of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney, and Illinois Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and seeing how the alleged perps include the son of a Congresswoman (Gwen Moore) and the son of a former Milwaukee Mayor, one would think that such a scandal involving Republicans would be well-known by now.
According to the criminal complaint, 40 tires were slashed on 25 vehicles causing more than $4,100 in damages, plus another $1,125 in towing expenses. The maximum penalty is 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.