(Leitchfield, KY) – Sheriff Rick Clemons said he looks forward to the justice system working and extracting the truth in a civil case filed against him and former GCSO Detective, Terry Blanton.
The suit was filed June 20, 2013 in the United State District Court, Western District of Kentucky.
The Plaintiff’s in the case are John McGuffin and Marchmond Cottrell. Both men are represented by Hardin Law Office, attorneys Rick Hardin and J. Anthony Cash.
McGuffin is seeking relief by the way of back and front lost income, medical and mental health expenses, actual, compensatory and punitive damages, and all legal fees and costs. McGuffin requests the court the immediate return of possession still in possession of Clemons or Blanton, and believes the settlement will exceed $10 million, according to the court documents.
Cottrell’s suit makes the same request.
The allegations claim that former detective Blanton unjustly seized property belonging to McGuffin, wrongfully imprisoned him, and forced his probation to be revoked.
McGuffin’s suit says Sheriff Rick Clemons “turned a blind eye” to the various illegal acts of Detective Blanton.
McGuffin said Blanton took his personal property, including $7,500, which was never entered into the GCSO evidence locker and was never returned. His probation was revoked due to the arrest on March 16, 2011 for trafficking in narcotics. The Grand Jury returned a “No True Bill” on the charge.
McGuffin has a long criminal history in Grayson County, according to court documents dated back to 1994, including: wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct, fleeing police, persistent felony offender, probation violation, harassing communications, unlawful transaction with a minor, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, and theft by deception.
Cottrell’s suit claims Clemons failed to supervise Blanton as he unreasonably seized his property during an arrest, causing him to lose his property and $5,000 as a result of Cottrell’s guilty plea to trafficking in marijuana.
The suits say, “Blanton had engaged in a pattern of behavior that was known or should have been known to the Sheriff to violate the law including Blanton’s repeated failure to properly log seized property, to remove seized property from the evidence locker including drugs for consumption by himself and Hope Shelburne; who acted as an informant for Blanton and had a sexual relationship with McGuffin and Blanton at the time of the supposed offenses.
The suit said Blanton’s drug use should have become known to the Sheriff if even basic drug testing regiments were being followed.
The allegations say Sheriff Clemons violated Cottrell’s rights when he supposedly failed to disclose that evidence was not in the evidence locker and perpetrated an active fraud on the court and counsel for Cottrell by not disclosing the information.
The allegations say Blanton exhorted money from Cottrell and McGuffin, extorted sex from his confidential informants, encouraged his confidential informants to engage in armed robberies of drug dealers, and destroy evidence.
Cottrell said his arrest was illegal, even though he pled guilty to the trafficking in marijuana charge on March 13, 2012.
The allegations say Blanton’s intimidation of Cottrell, coupled with the unlawful seizure of his person and property and willful failure to provide exculpatory evidence to the defense while allowing Cottrell’s wife to labor through illness until near her death alone is intentionally performed extreme and outrageous conduct with was performed with reckless disregard to the extreme emotional disturbance that would be suffered by Cottrell as a result.
Clemons said he cannot comment on the lawsuit but said “Anybody can say anything they want about somebody.” He says he looks forward to the truth coming out.