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Judge orders Lincoln Co. jailer to court over inmate release


STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) – The seven-page order from Circuit Judge David Tapp seeks answers from a marijuana case that began In November and questions why the man convicted of the crime was repeatedly let out of jail.

Shelba Moore was convicted of marijuana possession and sentenced to 45 days in jail. He was later granted work release, and documents state that neither the jail nor Moore complied with the court’s order.

The judge says the Lincoln County jail “inexplicably and uncharacteristically” released Moore. Court officials learned Moore had been terminated from his employment. Court records say Moore later returned to jail and he was charged with indirect criminal contempt with a trial set for March 17.

In what the judge says “might be comedic if it did not involve another lapse of judgement,” Moore was released again without the court’s knowledge or benefit or any court order. In the end, Moore was released twice and now the Judge is questioning if Moore should be charged again or maybe it's the jail that should face charges!

Judge Tapp’s order says perhaps the jail should recall Thomas Jefferson’s well phrased advice to George Washington in 1792…”delay is preferable to error, “saying “deliberate and cautious performance of our duties is far more desirable than the hasty execution of our responsibilities.”

WKYT contacted both jailer David Gooch and Shelba Moore and both said they were advised not to comment on the situation until Friday, when all the parties involved are ordered be appear before the judge.


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