Monday, August 29, 2011

Ethics Hearing For Harlan Circuit Judge

{Kentucky}...An ethics hearing began Monday for Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred. Alred is accused of abusing his office for political and personal gain. Alred initially faced 20 charges of ethical breaches, but the state Judicial Conduct Commission has dismissed some of the charges. Jeff Mando, an attorney for the Judicial Conduct Commission, accused Judge Alred of  ethics violations including appointing a special grand jury to investigate county Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop, who was being challenged for re-election at the time by Alred’s cousin. Alred says the case against him is untrue, and the grand jury he appointed was at the request of a prosecutor, not because of politics. The hearing is expected to last through Wednesday. The judicial commission is charged with investigating complaints against judges and is the only panel with authorization to discipline a sitting judge.