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Marcum, Leo

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Former state lawmaker pleads not guilty to tax evasion

By Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT – A former state representative and prosecutor from Martin County pleaded not guilty Friday to tax evasion charges that allege he failed to pay state income taxes from 2004 to 2009.

Leo Marcum, 68, of Inez, represented himself at an arraignment in Franklin Circuit Court on the six felony counts. He was indicted last October by a Franklin County grand jury.

Marcum was not immediately available for comment.

Franklin Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Marcum owes an unknown amount of unpaid taxes to the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

“The state says his income over those years was $460,000. He just didn’t file at all,” Cleveland said.

Records in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky show that Marcum was sued in March 2010 by the federal government for $1.3 million in unpaid federal taxes. That case is still pending.

State records show that Marcum on March 8 posted payment of $6,000 on a $60,000 bond to stay out of jail.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has set an April 15 hearing to review the state’s case against Marcum.

Marcum was a Republican state representative from Inez from 1978 to 1979. In the legislature, he successfully advocated for a measure to prohibit taxing districts from raising property taxes more than 4 percent a year without a vote of the public.

Marcum was Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1987 to 2002 for the 24th Judicial District, which covers Lawrence, Johnson and Martin counties.

Marcum was suspended from practicing law for one year in April 2010 for professional misconduct in handling two legal cases.

If convicted of a state felony, he could face possible disbarment.


Judicial Corruption is rampant.  Our rights to a fair trial are a myth.  Many judges are totally corrupt.


Our fundamental rights have been taken away by a government of wrongs. Stolen by corruption.


Misconduct is everywhere. Dishonesty abounds. Perjury, subornation of perjury, corruption!


Abuse, Dishonesty, Corruption.  It's all common with Police and Law Enforcement.


Government Dishonesty is Bad.
We must find honest people
and make them accountable
to We the People.