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Former Floyd County Mayor Convicted Of Violating Civil Rights And Vote Buying

Reported: May. 9, 2014 4:08 PM EDT
Updated: May. 9, 2014 4:27 PM EDT
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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Tiersa Davis) -- A former Floyd County mayor was convicted by a federal jury of vote buying and violating civil rights during her re-election campaign.

Ruth Thomasine Robinson, 69, was convicted of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of vote buying by a federal jury in Pikeville on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said. Robinson was the former mayor of Martin and the conspiracy occurred during her re-election campaign in 2012, Harvey said.

Robinson's husband, James "Red" Robinson, 64, was found guilty of conspiracy and one count of vote buying. Robinson's stepson, James Steven Robinson, 32, was found guilty of conspiracy and two counts of vote buying. Another co-defendant, Johnny T. Moore, 32, was acquitted of the charges.

Prosecutors said that evidence showed Robinson and her co-conspirators targeted poor and disabled voters to cast an absentee ballot and intimidated them into voting for her. Some of the voters that were targeted were residents of private housing that was owned by Robinson and were threatened with eviction if they did not comply, prosecutors said. Other voters were offered money for their votes, prosecutors said.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 9.



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