Harlan County Judge-Executive Pleads Not Guilty

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HARLAN, Ky. -- Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop has pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary, official misconduct and theft.

Grieshop entered the plea Monday before Harlan County District Judge Ralph McClanahan.

Grieshop is due back in court Sept. 9 for a preliminary hearing.

Grieshop was not indicted but arrested on a warrant that Sheriff Marvin Lipfird obtained in December.

According to the criminal complaint against Grieshop, the Judge-Executive entered a building and took items belonging to others.

The complaint further charges Grieshop did this in retaliation to a civil suit filed against him on July 2, 2011. The complaint alleges that Grieshop used his position to retaliate against people involved in the lawsuit.

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