LOUISVILLE (CN) – The Louisville government has a duty to defend a former police officer who was convicted of forging signatures on search warrants and tampering with drug evidence, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled.
Christie Richardson resigned on March 18, 2002, shortly after being indicted. She was convicted of first-degree official misconduct, second-degree possession of a forged instrument and 18 counts of tampering with public records.
In a case of first impression, the justices found that the Claims Against Local Government Act requires local municipalities to defend former employees sued for misconduct or omissions that occurred in the scope of their employment.
The state high court reversed the appellate court’s judgment for the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, because Richardson had resigned before any lawsuits had been filed against her.
But Justice Lambert said the statute extended protection to former employees.