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Jury Selection Underway in Federal Trial of Crittenden County Municipal Official

JUNE 14, 2004 - Posted at 12:02 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Jury selection is underway in federal court in Little Rock where a former Earle alderman is accused of altering absentee ballots.

Lee Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of conspiracy and making false declarations, and one count each of voting more than once and procuring false ballots.

According to the indictment, Johnson and some unnamed conspirators were "bearers," who are authorized to pick up and deliver absentee ballots as agents of voters.

According to the indictment handed up last year, Johnson acted in the hope that he could assure the election of certain people to the office of mayor and recorder-treasurer, and to three alderman positions.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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