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Judge orders case against Judge-Executive dropped

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky judge has dismissed charges filed against a county executive.

Special Judge Ralph E. McClanahan on Friday ordered the case against Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop dropped unless a grand jury returns an indictment.

Grieshop was arrested in July on a warrant that Sheriff Marvin Lipfird obtained.

According to the criminal complaint against Grieshop, the Judge-Executive entered a building and took items belonging to others.

The complaint further charges Grieshop did this in retaliation to a civil suit filed against him on July 2, 2011. The complaint alleges that Grieshop used his position to retaliate against people involved in the lawsuit.

After the hearing, Lipfird declined comment to the Harlan Daily Enterprise.

Grieshop's attorney, Steve Romines, said the case resulted from a "political feud."


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