Kinkead & Stilz litigation attorneys D. Barry Stilz and Lynn Sowards Zellen recently obtained a favorable ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court regarding the scope of the Police Officers Bill of Rights.
The case originated after then-Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott terminated one of his deputies as a result of complaints by grand jury members regarding the deputy’s investigative practices. The deputy sued, claiming that Sheriff Elliott failed to comply with the procedures prescribed by the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights. Although the trial court held that the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights did not apply to the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office, the Court of Appeals reversed. Stilz and Zellen successfully sought discretionary review by the Supreme Court, which ruled in Sheriff Elliott’s favor, holding that the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights did not provide due process rights to the terminated deputy.
View the ruling here.
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