Numerous witnesses called in circuit judge misconduct hearing

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Day two of testimony in Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred's misconduct hearing is in the books.

A variety of witnesses took the stand, and the Judicial Conduct Commission rested its case.

Sheriff Marvin Lipfird was first on the stand.

He testified that Judge Alred asked to see the video evidence of Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop allegedly trafficking drugs out of his office.

"He said I want to see this. I said, are you sure. He said, yeah, and we walked inside the office," said Lipfird.

Lipfird said when the case went to the regular grand jury and Judge Alred found out - he blew up.

"He said I'll have the FBI here on every one of you," said Lipfird.

Judge Alred moved for all charges to be dismissed right before lunch.
The commission considered the motion during the break but denied it.

Judge Alred called a number of witnesses that testified Sheriff Lipfird was vocal with others about the investigation into Judge Grieshop.

But attorneys for the commission pointed out that the sheriff never showed them the video evidence.

Investigator Gene Weaver took the stand.

Judge Alred questioned his practices regarding a conversation Weaver had with Judge-Executive Grieshop.

Weaver said that particular conversation was bizarre.

"It was about beliefs of people being atheists and people's sexual desires and preferences," said Weaver.

Last to testify was Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop who now disputes some claims made to the investigator regarding an affidavit filed in Circuit Court.

Attorneys for the commission believe that affidavit sparked the Special Grand Jury order by Judge Alred.

"You never told Mr. Weaver that the statements, the affidavit was incorrect did you," said Jeff Mando, attorney for the commission, "I never saw them again, so it never came up," replied Grieshop.

There is one witness remaining, Judge Alred. He will take the stand Wednesday morning.

The commission plans to finish testimony and start deliberations by early afternoon on Wednesday.

But it isn't known how long it will take for a decision because the commission must respond in writing to each of the misconduct charges.

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