Former Martin mayor’s step-son arrested

By Ralph Davis

October 30, 2013

MARTIN — As federal investigations ramp up in the city of Martin, the step-son of former Mayor Ruth Thomasine Robinson is facing state charges for allegedly attempting to intimidate two witnesses.

James S. Robinson, 40, of Martin, was arrested on a warrant Friday near his home. According to the warrant, John Emit Thompson accuses Robinson of telling a witness before a federal grand jury, “You better watch your ass.”

“Then, upon seeing an additional federal grand jury witness outside of McDonald’s, the defendant swerved his vehicle and attempted to pin the additional witness against the building and/or other vehicle,” the warrants says.

Robinson is charged with two counts of retaliating against a participant in a legal process and a single charge of wanton endangerment. He is being held without bond in the Floyd County Detention Center until federal questions about his case are resolved.

Robinson is scheduled to appear Friday morning in Floyd District Court for a preliminary hearing.

County Attorney Keith Bartley said the alleged violations took place the day after a federal grand jury met and indicted former Mayor Robinson. He said he believes the investigation into “political corruption” in Martin is continuing.

Robinson’s step-mother was indicted along with three other people last week on multiple charges related to a scheme to defraud the Social Security disability program. She is slated to appear in U.S. District Court in Pikeville next week.