Judge Allowed To Return Home Until Trial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge says a longtime
Appalachian judge charged in an alleged election-rigging scheme can
be released from jail on home incarceration until his trial.

Former circuit judge Russell Cletus Maricle was among several
people indicted in March on charges of trying to rig elections in
Clay County. Maricle has been held in the Pulaski County jail.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves ruled Thursday that Maricle can
return home but will have strict conditions. Reeves says Maricle
can only leave home for medical treatment, to meet with his
attorney and for court appearances. He can't receive any visitors
at home except for relatives, clergy, his attorney, probation
officers and health-care workers. Maricle has to maintain a log of
all visitors.

A Sept. 14 trial is set for Maricle and other defendants in the

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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