Judge Orders New Trial for Convicted Election Workers

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge on Monday granted a new trial to two former Cuyahoga County election workers sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Jacqueline Maiden and Kathleen Dreamer were convicted in January of rigging a recount during the 2004 presidential election to avoid a more thorough review of the votes.

The board has been a lightning rod for critics since Ohio gave the 2004 election to President Bush.

Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold said today that the judge in the case had a conflict of interest and scheduled the new trials for August 28th.

The lawyer who argued a motion during the election workers' trial on behalf of Prosecutor Bill Mason had also represented Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter Corrigan in two other cases.

Corrigan says there was no conflict.