BOURBON CIRCUIT COURT CLERK and DEPUTY INDICTED FOR TAMPERING WITH COURT RECORDS

Portions quoted from The Lexington Herald Leader
Two suspended circuit court clerks in Bourbon County, Clerk Sherry Rankin, and Deputy Clerk Whitney Jones, have been indicted after a Bourbon County special grand jury investigation.  A search warrant filed in the cases indicated that the investigation centered on whether the clerk and deputy clerk changed cases or altered judges’ orders without consent, possibly involving traffic citations.

Rankin who was reelected as Bourbon Circuit Clerk in November, was charged with four counts of official misconduct.  Her Deputy Clerk, Whitney Jones was charged with one count.  All charges against the two clerks were Class A misdemeanor offenses.

Papers filed in the case alleged that some traffic related court documents were not filed, that some documents were withheld from judges, and failure to appear notations on dockets were omitted.

The grand jury alleged that Rankin tampered with records four times in 2006 without informing of obtaining permission  from the presiding judge.

Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson was appointed as a special prosecutor and presented the case to the grand jury  on Tuesday.  Their arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 9th.

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