Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Man Said to Use Cash, Whiskey to Buy Votes
Associated Press ^ | 11-11-05

Posted on 11/11/2005 5:03:55 PM PST by kingattax

LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) - A Casey County man has been convicted of using cash and whiskey to buy votes in a school board election.

Jurors deliberated 30 minutes Wednesday before finding Joe Ellis guilty on four felony charges of buying votes. They recommended Ellis serve only the minimum prison sentence of one year. He had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Ellis gave pints of Ancient Age whiskey and $5 bills to Stella Johnson's son and daughter and a friend during a meeting the day before the November 2004 election, according to testimony during the trial.

Police said Ellis was trying to buy votes for the losing school board candidate, Sheila Elliott. Police said Elliott had no involvement in the scheme.

Defense attorney Raymond Overstreet argued that Ellis was simply engaging in good, old-fashioned "electioneering," but Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Wright said it was much more serious than that.

"The citizenry has to have faith that the vote is valid," Wright said. "The 12 of you who go back to that room have a very important decision to make on where this community stands on handing out whiskey and $5 bills to influence the vote."

Jury foreman William Myers said after the trial that a conversation between Ellis and Stella Johnson that was recorded by state police was a major factor in their decision. On the tape, Ellis agrees to meet Johnson to pay her for her vote and that of her husband.

"To us, that was more or less an admission of guilt," Myers said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: votebuying
."Price of a vote is gittin mighty dang cheap these days"
1 posted on 11/11/2005 5:03:56 PM PST by kingattax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: kingattax

When they start offerin' "whisky"...I want to know! Otherwise, hello TN and KY (not interested...different flavor...different recipe).


2 posted on 11/11/2005 5:26:49 PM PST by Dark Skies (" For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. " Matthew 6:21)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

They make it sound like this is a bad thing.


3 posted on 11/11/2005 8:40:25 PM PST by Khurkris (Ain't life funny?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson