Jury To Continue Deliberating Federal Vote Fraud Case

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Prosecutors told the jury in closing arguments they wanted them to hold the four officials accountable for their actions and how they spent taxpayer's money.

U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor accused Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson of using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars as a campaign fund to influence the election.

He argued black-topping and bridge repairs increased five times the normal amount the months before the November 2006 election and argued work stopped after election day. He claimed pavers kept bad records on purpose and argued officials knew illegal activity was happening and did nothing about it.

Defense Attorneys told the jury Prosecutors were the ones wrong.

They argued there is no evidence the men conspired to black-top for votes and even accused some of the US's witnesses of lying. They argued the county officials were just doing their jobs. They say the men have a right to help ambulances and school buses and said the improvement projects were a good investment for the county and said it is not a crime to help people.
Prosecutors repeated their argument that not everyone who needed help got it.

Thompson's Attorney argued they just didn't have enough time before winter and says votes had nothing to do with it. Prosecutors argued back it did.
Now it is up to the jury to decide.

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  • by teresa Location: knott on Jun 26, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    yes they are guilty everyone knows that just because crit l. is doing her job and doing a fine job i must say. Why does someone always want to put the blame on someone else that is doing their job. They got caught, they done it, they should pay. Im tired of crooks in E. Kentucky
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2008 at 12:34 PM
    I agree with Steve completely. The Sportsplex is costing the taxpayers more money everyday, just like Thompson and his so-called crew to make the taxpayers pay more out of their pockets. The Sportsplex will have to be sold before too long just like the one in Lexington because it doesn't cover it's own cost. Sure things has gotten done in Knott Co. but at what expense. They had to cheat their way to get in the office(what have they done since). The idea for the Sportsplex was in process long before he ran for office anyway. All these other projects were in place also. Alot of people were behind these projects not just Mr. Thompson. Yes, I feel sorry for their families well, most of them, but they should have known better. Will helping a drug addict stepdaughter get a bridge be worth going to jail? I guess we will see!!!
  • by Concerned Location: Hindman on Jun 26, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    I think about our families traveling our hazardous roads. Some roads are barely wide enough for one car. Branhams Creek road, for example, it was fixed probably about a year ago. One lane of the road was broken completely off in places. Now that it is finally fixed, coal trucks will soon be traveling that roadway again. I can almost count the human lives that will be taken away or some will be seriously injured. The road is not big enough for what they want to do without endangering lives. What can be done? If Randy Thompson can fix that problem, he has my vote the next County Judge Race.
  • by Steve Location: Hindman on Jun 26, 2008 at 11:17 AM
    I see people praising the Sportsplex and I agree it is a very nice facility. However, nice facilities do not come without cost. By the county's own admission as reported in the Thompson Creek Times, the facility is operating on average at a $5,000 to $15,000 deficit each month. That money has to come from somewhere. Also, a little known fact that even though Knott county pays for the operating costs and the employees, the facility does NOT belong to Knott County. It belongs to a private entity that a certain County Judge happens to be President of. Check it out for your self if you don't believe me. Before you praise a person too much, you better be sure you really know them.
  • by Kaye Location: Knott County on Jun 26, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    I would like to say that this is more than just about Politics. It's about Good vs. Evil. For many years now our society has taken what was meant for good and turned into evil. The evil are using the same laws and organizations for their corrupt purposes. They use the very justice system that our forefather meant for our protection to protect the evil and try to put the good out of office. One does not have to be to intelligent to see how our county has prospered. Why? Because good people are using our severance tax dollars for the people not for self gain. God is our refuge and stength a very present help in the time of trouble. They don't make anyone or any organization able to compete with our Savior. I just hope the government understands that at the judgement seat of Christ, they will be held accountable for their every action. Lord be merciful to these people. I stop to think that a group crusified our Lord and Savior. We can't compare but STOP and THINK
  • by really Location: knott county on Jun 26, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    i'm sorry just how did these people help knott county? they got us the sportsplex, and the atv park. oh i see. that really brought alot of jobs to knott county, but i guess jobs arn't needed in knott county. seriouslly you people need to wake-up.
  • by proud democrat on Jun 26, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    what about the man that got blacktop all the way to his barn guess the horses will vote the next election.
  • by ray on Jun 26, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    if you folks would go to frankfort and look at the maps some of these roads were supposed to have been paved yrs. ago at least i would say money had been appropriated for them thanks for letting me voice my opinion
  • by Shirley Location: Knott on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    you know I have no problem with people being helped but why wait until election time to do it,and why not keep records of everything that has been done that way no-one will go to trail over it if everything is legal, and yeah we have had some things done that will help the county but what they did was wrong and they should be punished, what is going on is wrong and its teaching our children and grandchildren that they can do things and not be punished for it, well in this life you're supposed to be accountable for your actions, and they should be for their's, i'm sure that if you or I did something wrong we'd be behind bars in a flash, and not just a slap on the hand that was in the cookie jar!!!!!
  • by Deb Location: Knott Co. on Jun 25, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    This entire trial is a joke. Someone got their hands pulled out of the county's pockets and knows a little something on some big deals in Frankfort. That is the only reason this was ever prosecuted. The sad truth is they are trying to convict the only people that have actually tried to make Knott County a better place. That is why this county has never had the things that we are in the process of getting now. I also have a problem with people whose vote isn't worth more than a load of gravel (which by the way has been a tradition at election time in this area for as long as I can remember)or a load of blacktop. Nobody is perfect but it will be a great tragedy if this group of men are convicted. I support them all the way. As a taxpayer it is also refreshing to see my tax dollars benefitting the area I live in, instead of going to someone's welfare check.


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