Charges Reinstated Against Two KSP Troopers

LONDON, KY -- Charges have been reinstated against two former state troopers accused of assaulting a suspect in Laurel County while taking him to jail, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

Circuit Judge Roderick Messer ruled that a district judge erred in dismissing the charges against Mark C. Ridener and James P. Moore.

That means the case will go back to district court to be resolved by a trial or plea deal. The two could ask the state Court of Appeals to overturn the decisionl, reports the newspaper.

Eric Edwards, who represents Ridener, and Martin Hatfield, Moore's attorney, said they hadn't yet decided whether to appeal.

A grand jury indicted Ridener and Moore on one count each of fourth-degree assault and first-degree official misconduct, both Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail, the Herald-Leader reports.

Both had left the state police force before being indicted. The two allegedly attacked Richard H. McCrystal after arresting him in December 2006. McCrystal had been accused of assaulting the son-in-law of a state police officer.

Caperton dismissed the charges, saying the officers were "immune from prosecution," reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Copyright: Lexington Herald-Leader

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  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    My husband... blah blah blah. Anytime any of these nuts do anything illegal it is these big mouthed wives who get on here and babel on the same old thing. Life on the line, protecting you, blah blah blah. Look, ADT, I didn't write all of these news stories about their misdeeds. I didn't make these errant troopers do what they did. I can tell you that part of the problem is hiring former military. Those guys are nuttier than a fruitcake and should be monitored like sex offenders, not given a badge and a gun. Furthermore this judge should be impeached. Deal with it!
  • by ADT Location: WL on Feb 17, 2008 at 04:55 PM
    Bart are the #$%^&! Even if these allegations are true (which I doubt)doesn't mean that KSP was gone wild. My husband has been a trooper for 16 years and sacrificed a lot of time away from his family plus put his life on the line in several occasions to protect the morons like you who don't even have a clue to what it takes to be a part of the thin gray line. Utmost respect is what KSP deserve of doing a excellent job everyday!
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Feb 16, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    Immune from prosecution? You have got to be kidding me! Not that the police in Kentucky get in trouble for their misbehavior but please, that ridiculous!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Feb 16, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    This is yet another example of KSP Gone Wild. A simple news search will reveal all kinds of malfeasance from the KSP over the past 18 months or so. They are out of control and they are aided by the morons who sit on these benches around the state. It is time that the USDOJ step in and take a good hard look at the KSP.


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