HERALD LEADER REPORTS THAT DEFENDANT IN CLAY COUNTY VOTE BUYING CASE TAKES PLEA FOR LIGHTER SENTENCE

Three people whose convictions were overturned in a federal vote-buying case in Clay County plan to plead guilty. Attorneys for Bart and Debra Morris and Stanley Bowling have filed motions saying the three will plead guilty to a charge that they took part in a conspiracy to control local politics through vote fraud. Bowling is a former magistrate in Clay County.
Defense attorneys said Wednesday they couldn’t comment on the length of the recommended sentences in the new plea arrangements for Bowling and the Morrises.
However, Bowling’s new sentence would be a “significant reduction” from the nearly 16 years he received after the first trial, said one of his attorneys, Jason R. Barclay.
The others charged in the case are former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle; former school Superintendent Douglas Adams; former county Clerk Freddy W. Thompson; Charles Wayne Jones, who was an election commissioner; and William Stivers, who had been an election officer. They are scheduled for trial later this year. Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/08/28/2791484/three-plan-to-plead-guilty-in.html#emlnl=PM_update#storylink=cpy

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