Judge Approves Reset of Vote Buying Trial Date

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Fourth Continuance for Wormy Hodge in Past Year

Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TNUnder a federal indictment for voter fraud, vote buying, and witness tampering, Brian “Wormy” Hodge’s request to reschedule his pending trial in district court yet again found favor on Monday, Judge Leon Jordan granting a motion to continue that Hodge filed on February 1.

The new date was placed as July 24, 2018.

It was the fourth such move by Hodge since attorney Michael McGovern took over the case in March 2017 and asked for an April trial date be moved to July.

More time to prepare for the trial became necessary when new indictments came in June and Judge Clifford Shirley granted a motion to continue the trial to October. Additional time for preparation became paramount as the date neared and Hodge sought, and received, another reset to January 28, 2018.

Of the motion to reschedule to July 24, Jordan said it would be granted.

“The court finds the ends of justice served by granting the motion outweigh the best interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial,” he added. “Failing to grant the motion would deny the defense reasonable time for effective preparation and would deny the defendant continuity of counsel. Trial is continued from April 10, 2018 to Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 9 a.m.”

Jordan ruled the April 10 pretrial hearing was similarly continued to 8:45 a.m. on July 24.

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