State lawmaker named in vote-buying case subpoenaed to testify at trial next week

08/04/2016 03:18 PM

Democratic state Rep. John Short has been subpoenaed to testify in a trial on vote-buying charges set to begin next week in Pikeville.

Short, who was served the document on Tuesday on behalf of defendant Larry Shepherd, declined to comment on the subpoena when reached by phone by Pure Politics. His attorney, Terry Dean Jacobs, did not return a call seeking comment.

Short, of Mallie, had been mentioned in court filings in the case as a beneficiary of a vote-buying scheme in Magoffin County during the 2012 Democratic primary for state representative.

Scott McCarty, a former Democratic election judge who pleaded guilty in March to buying votes, said in an email to federal investigators that Short and Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin “insisted that we do ‘whatever it took’ to get short elected.”

Before that, McCarty said in the email to the FBI that he and Short discussed “how he needed me on the election board to help get him elected” while they drove to Magoffin County Magistrate Gary “Rooster” Risner’s home.

Short is scheduled to appear at U.S. District Court in Pikeville this Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The case involves another possible member of the General Assembly. Louisville attorney Jason Nemes, who won the Republican primary in the 33rd House District, is representing Shepherd, who has pleaded not guilty.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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