Knott judge-executive seeks to overturn ruling in vote-buying case

bestep@herald-leader.comOctober 1, 2012 

Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson and two others convicted in a federal vote-buying case have asked a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling upholding their convictions.

A fourth man convicted in the case has asked for more time to file a similar request.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Thompson, John Mac Combs, Phillip Champion and Ronnie Adams.

The next appeal option open to the four was to ask the entire court to overturn the decision by the three-judge panel. Attorneys for Thompson, Combs and Adams filed such requests last week, arguing that the decision by the panel was wrong. Champion's attorney asked for more time.

The four were convicted of taking part in a scheme before the November 2006 election to buy votes by using public money for road and bridge work on private property. Thompson narrowly won his first full term in that election.

Thompson and the others argued that they didn't take part in vote fraud, but a jury convicted them in 2008. They appealed that decision on several grounds, including that there was insufficient evidence and that the prosecutor made improper statements to the jury.

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