While the jury trials in the vote-buying cases are still set for the later part of July, Donald Trusty’s attorney, Willis Coffey, asks for an ex parte order.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, “An ex parte presentation is a communication directed to the merits or outcome of a proceeding that, if written, is not served on all the parties to a proceeding, and if oral, is made without advance notice to the parties and an opportunity for them to be present.”
The ex parte motion was referred to Edward B. Atkins on June 14 and an ex parte sealed order was issued on June 22 with the copied subject of “Filing Attorney only via U.S. Mail on paper” and was signed by Judge Amul R. Thapar. The documents filed are currently sealed for public viewing.
Randall Salyer’s jury trial is set to begin on July 25 at 10 a.m., while Donald Trusty and Patricia Trusty’s trial is scheduled for July 27 at 9 a.m. The two cases were severed following last month’s order granting Donald Trusty’s motion for severance.
Salyer is being charged with three counts of vote buying, Patricia Trusty of one count, and Donald Trusty of two.