FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS FORMER CIRCUIT JUDGE CLETUS MIRACLE AND 7 OTHER DEFENDANTS IN CLAY COUNTY VOTE-BUYING CASE

Eight Clay County politicians corrupted the election process in recent years, buying and stealing votes in pursuit of power and money, a federal jury ruled Thursday in Frankfort.

The jury deliberated for more than 9 hours over the past two days. 

The jury convicted all eight people on trial, including former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle and former school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams, on a racketeering conspiracy charge. That charge was that they used the county election board as a tool to rig elections, appointing corrupt precinct officers to help with vote-buying.

The jury convicted several of the defendants on other charges as well, including mail fraud, extortion and laundering money that was used to buy votes.

They face up to 20 years in prison, though their sentences will likely be less under advisory guidelines.

U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves ruled that the eight defendants’ bonds be revoked and they be jailed once Thursday’s hearings are over because their conviction could pose a danger to the community and they might flee.

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