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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