Court-ordered robocalls sent to ‘electoral terror’ victims

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A civil rights organization said the men sent scary robocalls to residents of predominantly Black neighborhoods in New York, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania

In this. Oct. 8, 2020 image from video provided by the 36th District Court in Detroit, Jacob Wohl, left, and Jack Burkman, shown in the center left photo, are seen during an arraignment being conducted over Zoom in Detroit. The men were arraigned on voter intimidation charges for robocalls designed to scare people from voting in four states. In compliance with a New York judge's order on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, nearly 30,000 recipients of those robocalls received new court-ordered calls on Friday, Oct. 30, saying the earlier call had false information that intimidated voters.

In this. Oct. 8, 2020 image from video provided by the 36th District Court in Detroit, Jacob Wohl, left, and Jack Burkman, shown in the center left photo, are seen during an arraignment being conducted over Zoom in Detroit. The men were arraigned on voter intimidation charges for robocalls designed to scare people from voting in four states. In compliance with a New York judge’s order on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, nearly 30,000 recipients of those robocalls received new court-ordered calls on Friday, Oct. 30, saying the earlier call had false information that intimidated voters. (36th District Court/Zoom via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 30,000 recipients of what a judge described as “electoral terror” robocalls designed to scare people from voting have received new court-ordered calls saying the earlier call had false information that intimidated voters.

Lawyers for two men who sent out the original messages notified U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan that the corrective calls were sent Friday afternoon.

The judge ordered the new calls after a civil rights organization sued Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, saying the men sent scary robocalls to residents of predominantly Black neighborhoods in New York, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The new calls went out after a lawyer defending the men who are charged criminally in Ohio and Illinois argued that the original calls were factually accurate.

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