- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

LONDON, KY. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky school superintendent and county clerk have pleaded not guilty in federal court a day after being indicted on charges they schemed to bribe voters in an attempt to rig several elections.

Attorneys for Clay County school superintendent Douglas C. Adams and Clay County Clerk Freddy Thompson entered not guilty pleas for their clients Friday in U.S. District Court in London. Their charges include racketeering, bribery, extortion and voter fraud.

Two other defendants _ Paul Bishop and William Morris _ also entered not guilty pleas.

Four more defendants in the case are scheduled to be arraigned later Friday afternoon.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office claims the officials tried to rig federal, state and local elections in 2002, 2004 and 2006 in Clay County.

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