Whitesburg KY

Judge sets Sept. 14 trial date in Clay Co. vote-fraud case


A federal magistrate judge has scheduled a Sept. 14 trial date for Clay County leaders who are charged in a scheme to rig elections.

Former Clay County Circuit Judge Russell Cletus Maricle, school superintendent Douglas C. Adams, Clay County Clerk Freddy Thompson and others were indicted last month on charges they extorted money from political candidates to buy votes.

Magistrate Judge Robert E. Weir set the trial date in an order filed in U.S. District Court in London.

The investigation in the case began after voting irregularities were reported during the 2006 elections. Federal prosecutors claim the officials tried to rig federal, state and local elections in 2002, 2004 and 2006 in Clay County, about 170 miles southeast of Louisville.

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