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.