Post Dispatch: Todd Akin Arrested Multiple Times

UPDATE: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published their full story on Rep. Todd Akin's multiple arrests. You can read the story, in its entirety, here.

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In an email exchange released by Todd Akin's spokesperson, Rick Tyler (he of calling Sen. Claire McCaskill a "Bullshitsu" claim to fame), Kevin McDermott of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveals that Akin has been arrested not once as his campaign has acknowledged, but multiple times:

ST. LOUIS – Congressman Todd Akin was arrested at least four times in the 1980s during anti-abortion protests, not just the single time he has publicly acknowledged, the Post-Dispatch has learned.

Akin's three previously undisclosed arrests, all in 1985, were for criminal trespass and resisting arrest at abortion clinic protests in St. Louis and Illinois. In one of the events, according to Post-Dispatch coverage at the time, Akin had to be carried by police to an elevator because he refused to walk.

The additional arrests came to light during a new search of the newspaper's archives. The arrests were missed in previous searches because the news stories had listed Akin by his given first name, William.

Akin subsequently started going by his middle name, Todd, when he began his political career in the state legislature in the late 1980s, and has been listed as Todd Akin in media coverage since then.

McDermott had emailed Tyler in an effort to get a comment on whether or not Rep. Akin has a "responsibility to reveal the full scope of his activities and arrests, after the topic was broached last month."

I'm going to go with, yes, Akin does have a responsibility to reveal details of his arrests, and sooner rather than later. Missouri voters demand answers.

 

 

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