Man Spends 17 Days In Jail Without Bail On Misdemeanor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A used car dealer from Ohio is free on bail after spending more than two weeks in a southeastern Kentucky jail. Imad Ghani, a naturalized U-S citizen from Libya, was held without bail in Whitley County Jail for 17 days on a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threatening.

Police and Ghani's attorney agree he had a dispute with a clerk at the truck stop over a pump. Police said he told the clerk that she would die soon. He was stopped later on Interstate 75 and charged.

Ghani's van was also checked for explosives and radioactive material, and was eventually determined to be no threat.

University of Kentucky law professor Bill Fortune said Ghani's confinement appears to run counter to the Kentucky Constitution. It requires anyone arrested to appear in court within 48 hours of being taken into custody.

Fortune also says norm with Ghani's charges is a person would be released on their own recognizance.

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