Should Brad Penn be indicted

Should Brad Penn be indicted

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Curious

Georgetown, KY

#1 Oct 25, 2012
This column was posted today on the GNG webpage and it asks a good question. Why was he not indicted even if he worked out a deal with KLS

More questions surface in KLS theft case

More questions surface in KLS theft case

When should the justice system allow a victim and a suspect to manipulate the system?

In August of this year, the Georgetown Police Department was called to investigate a possible theft at Kentucky Lighting & Supply (KLS). The longtime local manager of the store was Brad Penn, who is also a member of the Georgetown City Council and has worked as a liaison between the council and the police department. Penn, however, had resigned from KLS just before the investigation began.

In September, this newspaper filed an open records request for information on this investigation. The city and police department eventually complied, but redacted all names, including that of the suspect. The newspaper has filed an appeal with the Kentucky Attorney General and we await the opinion. The city has been reluctant to release documents, as even the AG has had to repeatedly request additional information, including a copy of the unredacted police records.

In the course of the appeal, disturbing information continues to surface, which raises questions about the actions of many in this investigation. Among those concerns is why the police department, and the commonwealth attorney allowed a private agreement between the suspect and the company to circumvent an investigation and prosecution?

According to documents provided to the AG by city attorney Logan Askew and Police Chief Michael Bosse, the KLS investigation was near a climax pending a meeting of the police, the commonwealth attorney and KLS officials to file a criminal complaint for theft. At this point KLS officials alerted the police department that negotiations were under way to resolve the matter. Later, an attorney for KLS told police the matter had been resolved, a confidentiality agreement had been reached and KLS did not plan to pursue the matter any further.

So, at that point the police department and the commonwealth attorney closed the investigation.

Why?

Police records show the potential theft was a felony, and the investigation had reached a point where charges were imminent. Just because the victim, KLS, does not wish to pursue criminal charges, is that reason for the investigation to be dropped? If a crime was committed, then the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky are also victims and arenít the police department and the commonwealth attorney obligated to pursue a criminal investigation and prosecution to its proper end?

If KLS does not want to cooperate with the criminal investigation, then why not subpoena the records and present the evidence to a grand jury? Why would the police department and the commonwealth attorney allow a private agreement with a potential criminal suspect to circumvent the justice system in such a manner?

This matter is a stark illustration of how justice is sometimes being metered in Scott County. The City of Georgetown and its attorney have worked diligently to hide the name of the suspect from the public and the more we learn about the police departmentís actions, the more questions are raised about the entire episode.

Unfortunately, there are no easy answers and Georgetown officials are releasing information slowly and grudgingly. Once the record is fully exposed, then perhaps the reasons and motives behind some of these actions will become obvious.
Notanidiot

Georgetown, KY

#2 Oct 25, 2012
I for one am glad that the police did not pursue the case and waste taxpayer dollars. If the alleged victim said that they did not wish to press charges then the police can work on something that matters such as the drug problem in our city. Our police force is stretched too thin as it is and we don't need to be pursuing cases such as this.
Curious

Georgetown, KY

#3 Oct 25, 2012
So the police should ignore a documented felony?
Notanidiot

Georgetown, KY

#4 Oct 25, 2012
Alleged. And only alleged by the local "newspaper". The police have better ways to spend their time, and I would think the newspaper would have some actual news to report.. If the alleged victim wants to drop it then it should be dropped in a case like this.

People should quit worrying about this non-story and do something productive.
LOL

Georgetown, KY

#5 Oct 26, 2012
What is the difference between letting Penn off and letting a bank robber off if he says he is sorry and gives the money back after he gets caught...just sayin
Bob Loblaw

Georgetown, KY

#6 Oct 26, 2012
It was a conflict of interest to have the Georgetown Police Department investigate this. Once they found out a Council Member was involved, they should of had the Kentucky State Police do the investigation. This all seems slimey and dirty, just like Brad Penn.
Bob Loblaw

Georgetown, KY

#7 Oct 26, 2012
If it walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.
Voridaa

United States

#8 Oct 26, 2012
Notanidiot wrote:
I for one am glad that the police did not pursue the case and waste taxpayer dollars. If the alleged victim said that they did not wish to press charges then the police can work on something that matters such as the drug problem in our city. Our police force is stretched too thin as it is and we don't need to be pursuing cases such as this.
Welcome to the COMMONWEALTH. If they can make a dollar. They will prosecute there own family. State charges 90% of people. In this state there don't have to be a victim. That's y most people take crazy sentences. Because they scare then into it. States the problem. If its a documented felony ? Then there has to be a victim. An in all ky. The state is the victim
Serious

Georgetown, KY

#9 Oct 26, 2012
Yes he should be indicted and brought to trial. He should also drop out of the city council campaign since he has no ethical compass. He has engaged in criminal activity and does not deserve to hold an office that requires public trust.
notbrad

Georgetown, KY

#10 Oct 27, 2012
Notanidiot wrote:
I for one am glad that the police did not pursue the case and waste taxpayer dollars. If the alleged victim said that they did not wish to press charges then the police can work on something that matters such as the drug problem in our city. Our police force is stretched too thin as it is and we don't need to be pursuing cases such as this.
you tell em Brad
Chuck Bradley

Georgetown, KY

#11 Oct 30, 2012
People say I've been helping Brad pay the money back. I can neither confirm or deny that.
Brad

Georgetown, KY

#12 Nov 5, 2012
This
Brad

Georgetown, KY

#13 Nov 6, 2012
Hopefully this fool doesn't get re-elected today.
GNG Rag

Smiths Grove, KY

#14 Nov 6, 2012
Yep a dispirit act by a bandwagoners. Most of you will scream don't step on my constitutional rights but lets step on anyone else who I disagree with. There is no case to prosecute. If there was he would have been arrested by now. Everyone is so demanding to make a case that he is a thief. But oh that's right, this is a case on Topix Court.
Chuck Bradley

Georgetown, KY

#15 Nov 7, 2012
GNG Rag wrote:
Yep a dispirit act by a bandwagoners. Most of you will scream don't step on my constitutional rights but lets step on anyone else who I disagree with. There is no case to prosecute. If there was he would have been arrested by now. Everyone is so demanding to make a case that he is a thief. But oh that's right, this is a case on Topix Court.
Just because he avoided being arrested by paying the money back, doesn't make him innocent of stealing money.
GMG Rag

Tucker, GA

#16 Nov 7, 2012
Unless he is convicted of a crime, our constitution says, "Innocent until proven guilty!" I am sure that doesn't include Court Topix. Unless of course you are with our local paper that thinks Topix will always be a viable source of information. NOT!!!
Agree

Georgetown, KY

#18 Dec 20, 2012
Chuck Bradley wrote:
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Just because he avoided being arrested by paying the money back, doesn't make him innocent of stealing money.
I completely agree and I just read in the paper he signed a privacy agreement to keep the voters of Georgetown from knowing how much he stole from KY Lighting. The thing that irks me is he says him being a thief at KLS does not have any affect on him as a councilman. That is crap because the fact that he is a thief shows a basic character flaw. It is a shame the voters are so stupid they put a thief back into office
john

United States

#19 Dec 20, 2012
Agree wrote:
<quoted text>I completely agree and I just read in the paper he signed a privacy agreement to keep the voters of Georgetown from knowing how much he stole from KY Lighting. The thing that irks me is he says him being a thief at KLS does not have any affect on him as a councilman. That is crap because the fact that he is a thief shows a basic character flaw. It is a shame the voters are so stupid they put a thief back into office
Apparently your character flaw is being a puss and not putting your name on here.
Agree

Georgetown, KY

#20 Dec 20, 2012
john wrote:
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Apparently your character flaw is being a puss and not putting your name on here.
Apparently your character flaw is you have no morals and do not care if a thief represents you on the city council. Just because he bought his way out of getting indicted doesn't make him any less guilty
john

Richmond, KY

#21 Dec 20, 2012
Agree wrote:
<quoted text>Apparently your character flaw is you have no morals and do not care if a thief represents you on the city council. Just because he bought his way out of getting indicted doesn't make him any less guilty
Oops. I didn't realize I was speaking to the second man on earth without sin.

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