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Hodge Hawkins Vote Buying and Conspiracy Trial Sentencing Reset Monroe County TN

Hawkins’ Voting Conspiracy Sentencing Reset

Feds Move Date for Hodge Trial to Next Year The federal court voting conspiracy sentencing hearing for Betty Hawkins, aka Betty Jane Best, of Ballplay, has been moved seven months ahead. The scheduled trail date for co-defendant Brian Keith “Wormy” Hodge of Vonore has also been changed and locked in for 2018. View full story […]
Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN

Feds Hit “Wormy” with New Vote Fraud Conspiracy Charges

“Superseding” Indictment: Seven Counts Including Witness Tampering Served in February with a 14-count federal indictment for conspiracy to buy votes and vote buying prior to the 2016 Monroe County general election, Brian Keith Hodge, also known as “Wormy,” was charged in a “superseding” indictment with witness tampering, conspiracy to commit voter fraud, and five counts […]
Racketeering Monroe County TN Vote Buying Investigation 2017 Brian Hodge Gun Ruling

Judge Denies Hodge’s Firearm Request

Vote-Buying Indictment Parameters Unchanged One week after federally indicted vote-buying suspect Brian “Wormy” Hodge asked for a modification of his bond – to permit him to work as a deputy in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department – a federal judge in Knoxville on Tuesday said no. In a memorandum and order filed on April 25, […]
Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN Sheriff Jailer

Magistrate to Rule on Hodge Working as Jailer

Tuesday Hearing Latest Wrinkle in Vote-Buying Case Accused vote buyer Brian Hodge appeared in federal district court in a bond hearing on Tuesday, asking a judge to rule whether he can serve as a jailer at the Monroe County Jail and work with the present chief deputy, Randy White, for whom he allegedly bought votes […]
Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN

Vote-Buying Conspiracy Trial Reset

Hodge Moves from April to October The 14-count vote buying conspiracy trial of Brian Keith “Wormy” Hodge of Vonore was rescheduled in a pre-trial conference on Friday, United States Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley ordering the April 24 jury trial date reset and extended to Tuesday, October 17. Shirley granted a motion by Hodge’s attorney Michael […]
Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN

Feds Seeking “Superseding Indictment” Against Hodge

Prosecutors Asking Grand Jury for Additional Counts of Election Fraud One of two Monroe County residents federally indicted in February in an election fraud conspiracy investigation involving vote buying in the county’s 2014 election has been scheduled for grand jury study and consideration today, Thursday, with more indictments expected to be issued. According to a […]
Hodge Hawkins Agrees to Plea Vote Buying Monroe County TN

Hawkins Agrees to Plea to Vote Buying Conspiracy

Punishment Includes Up to Five Years Prison, $250K Fine One of two Monroe County residents who have been charged with vote buying and conspiracy in the federal election of 2014 has entered a plea agreement in federal court in Knoxville. According to paperwork filed in the United States Eastern District Court on Monday, Betty Jane Best, also known as Betty Hawkins, will formally plea on Tuesday, April 11, […]