New Trial Date Set On Vote Fraud Charges

Jul 29, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky.  -- Eight people from southeastern Kentucky who won a new trial on charges of vote buying will go back before a jury this fall.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell set an Oct. 28 trial date for former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, former school superintendent Doug Adams and six other defendants.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned their convictions and prison sentences earlier this month. The court found a judge mishandled evidence and erred in his handling of transcripts of secret recordings made by an informant during an investigation.

Each of the group has asked to be released from federal prison pending a new trial. Caldwell has not yet ruled on that request.

Several other local officials pleaded guilty to vote-buying and corruption charges in related cases.