Thursday, July 5, 2007

Lay arraigment postponed

From the Charlotte Observer:
Gaston County

Arraignment of former McHenry worker continued


Michael Aaron Lay, the former campaign worker for Rep. Patrick McHenry who was indicted on two counts of election fraud, appeared in court Monday. Lay's arraignment in Gaston County Superior Court was continued to Aug. 6 to give his attorney, Thom Goolsby, time to review the prosecution's files on the case, which he received Monday, Goolsby said.In May, a grand jury indicted Lay, 26, because of questions about whether he had legal residence in North Carolina when he registered to vote and cast a ballot in McHenry's primary election. McHenry, R-N.C. and from Cherryville, prevailed in a contentious GOP runoff by about 85 votes and went on to become, at 29, the youngest member of Congress.

Goolsby has denied the charges against Lay.

Lay, who graduated from the University of Tennessee law school in May, is living in Raleigh and working on Bill Graham's gubernatorial campaign. -- amy rainey

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