Nevada High Court Upholds ACORN Convictions

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld felony convictions stemming from the group ACORN's voter registration practices.

A high court decision out Thursday says it's OK for Nevada to bar payments based on how many people someone registers or how many people of a particular party one registers.

The ruling stems from a 2008 case in which the community group ACORN hired people to register voters in Las Vegas. A Secretary of State investigation found a program called "blackjack" in which the group offered a $5 bonus if a canvasser registered 21 or more voters.

ACORN supervisor Amy Busefink pleaded an equivalent of no contest to two counts of conspiracy and was ordered to informal probation and community service.

She appealed, but the Nevada Supreme Court says state law is constitutional.