Part of Ky. vote-buying conviction dismissed

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A former eastern Kentucky election
commissioner convicted in a vote-buying case has had part of his
conviction dismissed.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that U.S. District Judge
Danny C. Reeves found Wednesday there was insufficient evidence
that former Clay County election commissioner Charles Wayne Jones' attempts to get money from a candidate were based on an agreement for him to use his official position to help the candidate.

Jones, who is a Democrat, and seven other Clay County residents
were convicted in March of conspiring to buy or steal votes in the
2002, 2004 and 2006 local elections.

The count that was dismissed alleged that Jones and former
election officer William Stivers tried to extort $1,000 from a
candidate for city council in 2006 to use to buy votes. Reeves
earlier dismissed the count against Stivers.

Jones' other convictions in the case still stand.

None of the defendants, all of whom are fighting their
convictions, has been sentenced.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

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