Circuit Court Clerk Guilty Of Official Misconduct

Bourbon County Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Rankin has been convicted of official misconduct.

Rankin was accused of changing traffic violations in the electronic records system, one of which involved her mother.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports Rankin was convicted on 2 counts and fined $250 dollars for one count and $500 dollars for the other.

She'll have to serve 30 days in jail.

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  • by Chad Location: Lexington on Aug 2, 2007 at 12:45 PM
    These comments just go to show how ignorant people are. The people who are saying such harsh things, have no idea what damage has been done to a family over some very dishonest people. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that Sherry Rankin was set up. Everyone in the town of Paris knows someone who has gotten out of a ticket; no one can name Sherry Rankin as the one who got them out of it. There was no motive with any of the charges that she was charged with. She did not know them and there was no political gain to be made. So the jury being as intelligent as they were must have thought that she just fixed tickets for fun. Anyone reading this knows something stinks and that a jury didn't listen to the facts; they came into the courtroom with their minds made up that she was guilty. Small town politics at its best. The town of Paris and those who have to deal with the courthouse are the ones who have lost out; they lost a great circuit clerk and an even better person.
  • by michelle Location: paris on Jul 26, 2007 at 10:00 AM
    She deserves what she got. Who gives her the right to think that she is above the law.
  • by gail Location: winchester on Jul 26, 2007 at 08:57 AM
    This is a wide spread issue but it isn't just in KY I am sure. There probably is officials in every state that are under handed and dirty dealing... It is politics what does anyone expect.
  • by c Location: fkt on Jul 25, 2007 at 10:11 AM
    I know there is more misconduct and misappropriation of funds in other counties in KY. I'm retired from state government where I dealt with county officials (and I use the term lightly)on a daily basis. The problem is state government hands over funds to these counties and over half of the officials are not checked to insure that these funds are used properly. The behavior of some of these people is disgusting because they think they have hit the lottery and can do whatever they want with taxpayer's money! I agree EVERY COUNTY SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED for any misconduct. Frankfort especially!
  • by lexi Location: Paris on Jul 24, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    It is almost as much shame as "the" former Judge with DUI's serving in the County Attorney's office. He does not qualify for the title "an official"
  • by Christopher Location: Paris on Jul 24, 2007 at 01:27 PM
    I sat through the proceedings and I am confused on how the verdict was reached. It was clearly obvious Mrs. Rankin did no wrong. I am sick beyond belief with the knowledge this could happen to an innocent person. Bourbon Co. can rest assured that their judicial system is a joke.
  • by Jon Location: Lexington on Jul 24, 2007 at 01:16 PM
    As someone close to the case I have to say that this is a disgusting display by all involved with tha prosecution. Shame on the six person jury for not seeing through the dishonesty displayed by the prosecution and the "star" witness Gail Asbury. Shame shame shame.
  • by chris Location: paris on Jul 24, 2007 at 01:11 PM
    Wow!!! It only takes one family of liars to ruin a kind and decent persons life!!! Drug dealers never receive thirty days in Bourbon Co.
  • by nrc Location: paris on Jul 24, 2007 at 12:18 PM
    I think that she should be put back in office. She has been elected to this office twice, once before the allegations and once after. THE TIME IS TO MUCH FOR THE CRIME!!!!!!!!
  • by Cecil Location: Barbourville on Jul 24, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    This is not an isolated incident. This lady just happened to get caught. This amended records thing happens in many clerk's offices and courthouses throughout KY. Records get changed (for a number of reasons)charges get amended, and sometimes cases even get dismissed. This has been going on for years. Anyone who has ever been around a clerk's or county attorney's office very much knows that.Sometimes it is done solely in the interest of helping to keep working folks, who are not repeat offenders, from having to take time off from work to sit in a court-room, and is not necessarily a bad thing. Other times it is done in an effort to clean up a bad record for "cronies", or for the personal gain of the clerk or official.This is when the practice becomes slimy, and needs to be investigated and exposed.
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