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Former judge convicted of vote fraud permanently disbarred

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A former eastern Kentucky judge who pleaded guilty to charges alleging wide spread vote fraud has been permanently disbarred.

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday granted a request by one-time Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle to surrender his law license.

Maricle pleaded guilty to his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to control local politics by means of vote fraud.

Seven other people also entered guilty pleas in the case that involved using the county Board of Elections in an effort to buy or steal votes in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections.

Maricle had initially been sentenced to 26 years in federal prison, but the conviction and sentence were overturned. He was later resentenced to time served.

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