Court officials in Casey County should eliminate any hint of conflict of interest by declining to handle any aspect of a vote-buying case currently working its way through the judicial system in that county.
Edgar Joe Ellis is accused of using cash and whiskey to buy a vote in a school board race between John Cox, the winner in the race, and his opponent, Sheila Elliott.
The charge against Ellis does not mention who he was supporting in the race, but Cox has said that it was well known in the community that Ellis was against him. Cox also pointed out that there were signs on Ellis' property supporting Elliott.
That should be enough to convince Sheila Elliott's husband, Casey District Judge Roger Elliott, who presided over Ellis' arraignment last week, that he should recuse himself from the case. It's seems clear to us that this is a case Judge Elliott should not be involved in - even though the charge against Ellis does not specifically mention any particular candidate.