Detention Hearing Held For Retired Judge

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A federal prosecutor and a defense attorney spent more than two hours arguing whether a longtime judge charged in an alleged eastern Kentucky vote-rigging scheme should remain jailed.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier did not issue an immediate ruling after the hearing Monday for Russell Cletus Maricle, a retired judge who was suspended from his special senior status last week.

Maricle was returned to jail pending Wier's ruling.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen C. Smith said Maricle poses a threat of trying to intimidate witnesses.

Maricle attorney Henry Hughes says his client would not be a threat and does not pose a flight risk.

Maricle is charged along with seven others in an alleged scheme to rig elections in Clay County. All eight defendants have pleaded not guilty and the seven others were released Friday until their trial May 19.

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