Judge Ordered To Stay In Jail Until Trial

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A longtime southeastern Kentucky judge has
been ordered to stay in jail until his federal trial on charges in an alleged election-rigging scheme.

In ordering Thursday that Russell Cletus Maricle remain jailed, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier sided with prosecutors, who had argued Monday that Maricle tried to influence witnesses and could do it again if freed.

Wier says in his ruling that he has "no confidence" that Maricle would protect the judicial process if he were released.

A secretary for Maricle's attorney, Henry Hughes of Lexington, says he had no comment on Wier's ruling.

Maricle is charged in federal court in London with seven others in an alleged scheme to rig elections in Clay County. The other defendants were released pending their trial set for May 19.

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