Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Banker Guilty in Election Case Jury Finds He Helped Rig Comptroller's Race

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Banker Guilty in Election Case Jury Finds He Helped Rig Comptroller's Race

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A federal jury found investment banker Craig Walker guilty Wednesday night of a conspiracy to rig the 1993 St. Louis comptroller's race for Virvus Jones.

Jurors deliberated nearly four hours before returning the verdict.

At the request of prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson revoked Walker's bond, which had been his promise to show up for court appearances.

Federal marshals moved in on the stunned-looking Walker and told him to empty his pockets. The marshals then cuffed Walker's hands behind his back and whisked him from the courtroom. He went to jail wearing a sweater and dark slacks.

Walker's lawyer said the government's request to put Walker behind bars immediately was malicious.

Jackson said she will sentence Walker, 33, of Los Angeles, on March 1. Lawyers in the case said Walker could get about three years in prison.

That would likely be, by far, the longest sentence in the government's case against six people, including Jones, charged in Penny Alcott's campaign as a spoiler candidate in the 1993 Democratic primary for comptroller. Alcott and three other defendants who pleaded guilty earlier were expected to get probation.

Alcott, a former St. Louis School Board member, has admitted she was in the race to draw votes from Jones' main rival, Alderman James Shrewsbury. Federal prosecutors said Alcott's presence was meant to split votes along racial lines. Alcott and Shrewsbury are white. Jones, who is black, edged Shrewsbury in the 1993 comptroller's race.

As part of his plea to two charges of income tax fraud, Jones is to get a year and a day in prison. Jones, who resigned in September, could spend about six months locked up, followed by about four months in a halfway house.

Walker, a director of Prudential Securities Inc., was the only defendant to go to trial.

After a trial of more than a week, jurors found him guilty of conspiring to defraud city voters by inserting Alcott into the comptroller's race to siphon votes from Shrewsbury. …

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