Ex-judge, 5 others could be out of prison soon

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A one-time judge from southeastern Kentucky and five other people could be released from federal prison soon while awaiting a retrial on charges they engineered a massive vote buying scheme stretching across three elections.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday told a judge they didn't object to former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, one-time county Clerk Freddy Thompson and others being freed on bond before their new trial in October.

But the U.S. Attorney's office is seeking to hold former school superintendent Doug Adams and ex-election officer William E. Stivers in custody because they violated their bond before being tried several years ago.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the group's convictions on July 17 after finding that the trial judge committed several errors in handling the case.

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