Jury convicts all 8 defendants in Clay County vote-buying case
By Bill Estep
FRANKFORT – Some of the most powerful politicians in Clay County corrupted the election process in
recent years, buying and stealing votes in pursuit of power and money, a federal jury ruled Thursday.
After deliberating for more than 9 hours over the past two days, the jury convicted all eight people on trial, including former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle and former school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams, on a racketeering conspiracy charge. That charge was that they used the county election board as a tool to rig elections, appointing corrupt precinct officers to help with vote-buying.
The jury convicted several of the defendants on other charges as well, including mail fraud, extortion and laundering money that was used to buy votes.