People rally in support of Judge Alred

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

More than a month ago, Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred stepped down temporarily from his position.

That is because the state's judicial conduct commission recommended he should be removed from the bench for violating ethics rules.

And while the judge says he plans to fight the ruling, some people in Harlan County think he has been unfairly targeted.

More than 100 people gathered in support of Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred.

Supporters say Judge Alred was targeted by investigators from the beginning.

"Their mindset was to prosecute Judge Alred. It was not to gather truth. Did any of them talk to you?" said Joan Robinette, a supporter of Alred.

The ruling last month ordered Judge Alred off the bench.

But Alred appealed the decision.

And during the hearing, he stated that he was surprised that they recommended removal because this is the first time he has been to the judicial conduct commission.

Judge Alred's attorney instructed him not to attend the rally or even have anyone make a statement on his behalf.

Several people joined at the rally in support of Judge Alred, the result of a dispute that has caused a number of elected officials to take sides.

"I was not after Judge Alred and not after Joe Grieshop. All I was trying to do was correct an injustice," said Commonwealth Attorney Henry Johnson.

Supporters at the rally say they will do anything they can to get Judge Alred back in office.

"He was trying to do what he thought was right and what was the best interest for the people of Harlan County, me included," said Danny Castle, Alred's father-in-law.

Officials say the State Supreme Court will decide Judge Alred's fate next year.

A petition in support of Judge Alred was passed around at the rally.

The high court will decide whether to uphold the removal of Judge Alred from office.

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