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Fri August 2, 2013
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Six Suspects In Vote Fraud Freed While Awaiting Retrial

Former Clay County Circuit Judge Cletus Maricle.
Former Clay County Circuit Judge Cletus Maricle.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

A former southeastern Kentucky judge and five others awaiting a retrial on federal charges that they engineered a vote-buying scheme that stretched across three election cycles have been released from prison on bond.

One-time Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle and his co-defendants were released from federal prisons across the country Thursday evening by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier. Wier ordered two other defendants, former Clay County School Superintendent Douglas Adams and ex-election officer William E. Stivers to remain in custody pending a hearing in Lexington on Aug. 12.

The eight people won a new trial when a federal appeals court in July threw out their convictions in what prosecutors described as a plot to rig elections in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

A trial has been set for October.