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Judge continues man's voter law violation case

October 27, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A voter law violation case against a man who ran for Hagerstown mayor under a false name in March 2005 was continued Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Roger Dean Weber, who uses the name Charlie Baker, is charged with false registration and voting under a false name.

Weber, 62, whose address is listed in court documents as 16703 National Pike, appeared in court Thursday wearing a windbreaker and jeans. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, told Circuit Judge John H. McDowell that his client "prefers to go by the name Baker," adding that the alias is part of the charges against him.

"No, you cannot call him Mr. Baker," McDowell responded.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil said Musselman and Weber had just been provided with additional evidence that the state has in the case. Veil, noting that there was no capacity in the courthouse Thursday for another jury trial, requested a continuance, which McDowell approved.

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Weber, who ran for mayor of Hagerstown under the name Charlie Baker in the March 2005 primary, registered to vote under the alias Jan. 21, 2005, using a Hagerstown address, according to charging documents. The Hagerstown Police Department began an investigation into alleged voter law violations March 9, 2005, after The Herald-Mail reported that Weber was living in West Virginia, which made him ineligible to be mayor.

Charlie Baker was listed on the primary election ballot and received 13 votes.

Weber was arrested Feb. 15, 2006, on a Washington County Circuit Court bench warrant that charged him with failing to appear for a court hearing on traffic charges in October 2005. He then was charged with the voter law violations.

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