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Louisville trapped with $1.2 million ‘sexting’ verdict immediately after blunder

Metro Louisville has shed its possibility to enchantment a $1.2 million verdict in a “sexting” case against the police section since the Jefferson County Attorney’s business unsuccessful to file detect in time. 

A Jefferson Circuit Court jury in September 2019 returned the verdict for Louisville Metro Police Lt. Jill Hume, who accused the department of failing to properly look into and willpower yet another lieutenant who despatched her a photograph of a man keeping his genitals. 

The Kentucky Court docket of Appeals upheld the verdict April 30, which by rule gave Metro federal government 30 days — to June 1, counting the Memorial Day weekend — to file a movement inquiring the Kentucky Supreme Courtroom to hear the scenario. 

County Attorney Mike O’Connell’s business said in a pleading an business supervisor dropped the movement in a FedEx box and it should really have been shipped in time. 

But the Supreme Court clerk claimed it wasn’t obtained until June 3, two days late.

O’Connell’s workplace sought an extension, saying it had filed hundreds of timely pleadings by FedEx and the error was brought about by “excusable neglect.”  

But Hume’s lawyer, Thomas Clay, stated Kentucky procedures do not allow extensions for motions of discretionary overview. And in a a single-sentence order Aug. 13, the Supreme Court docket unanimously agreed and dismissed the case. 

In an e-mail, Jean Porter, a spokeswoman for Fischer, stated he accepts the court’s final decision and referred all other concerns to O’Connell’s business.

First Assistant County Lawyer Ingrid Geiser said in an e mail the place of work routinely sends pleadings by FedEx but that likely ahead filings will be only taken to the staff members of the delivery organization and a receipt will be acquired.