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Charges Dismissed Against Jackson County Judge-Executive and Treasurer

Contributor: Lance Vaught
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Updated: 2/06 9:48 pm
Criminal charges were dismissed Thursday against Jackson County's judge-executive and county treasurer due to lack of evidence, according to court officials. 

Judge-Executive William O. Smith and county treasurer Beth Sallee had been charged by Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman with tampering with public records, forgery, falsifying business records, criminal facilitation, abuse of public trust, and organized crime through extortion or coercion.

During a court hearing Thursday, special prosecutor Jackie Steele told the judge he wanted the charges dismissed.

Sheriff Peyman interrupted a fiscal court meeting last month and took Smith out in handcuffs.

Sheriff Peyman filed the charges on his own with a warrant from a judge or an indictment from a grand jury.

On Thursday, Sheriff Peyman told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he planned to ask a grand jury to reinstate the charges.

ABC 36 News could not reach Smith or Sallee for comment.
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