UPDATE: Judge rejects guilty plea attempts in Clay County case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT/Lexington Herald Leader) - A federal judge rejected attempts for a plea deal from four people accused of vote buying in Clay County.

The Lexington-Herald leader reports that four of the remaining five people charged in the Clay County case planned to plead guilty today, but a federal judge rejected them.

The proposed deals would have allowed the four to appeal issues related to the racketeering charge against them, despite admitting guilt.

Those who planned to plead guilty were Doug Adams, Freddy Thompson, Charles Wayne Jones, and William Stivers.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell says she has a problem with that because it would require appeals judges to make a decision on evidence from a previous trial.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys could work out new agreements. Judge Caldwell set a November 7th deadline for new deals.
There could be new developments soon in the vote buying case involving several former Clay County officials.

The Lexington Herald Leader quotes court documents that show more guilty pleas are imminent in the case.

Judge Karen Caldwell told the paper she was notified of the development by attorneys for two of the people involved in the case.

The judge did not specify which of the five remaining defendants will plead guilty.

A separate court filing says former county clerk Freddy Thompson has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

The judge says that deal depends on preserving certain issues for appeal.

Three people have already pleaded guilty in the case.

A new trial is scheduled to begin on November 4th.

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