Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 27, 2012

MORNING UPDATE 5 a.m.: Martin suit against city dismissed

BOWLING GREEN — A lawsuit filed by former Glasgow Police Department employee Larry Dale Martin was dismissed in federal court on Thursday.

Judge Thomas B. Russell, senior judge in United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Bowling Green, dismissed with prejudice — meaning the same charges can not be brought up again — the federal legal claims made by Martin. The state legal claims were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be brought up again, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Martin, who was dismissed after being accused of striking a prisoner in the Barren County Courthouse, filed suit against the city, Mayor Rhonda Trautman, Lt. Col. James Duff and Lt. Col. Kent Keen in May 2011. 

Ten counts were listed against Glasgow, Trautman, Duff and Keen, including a lack of due process in Martin’s termination; “arbitrary and malicious abuse of power” by Trautman, Duff and Keen; official misconduct, negligent supervision by Trautman and two counts of libel by all parties.

He asked to be reinstated at the GPD with full back pay and benefits, compensatory and punitive damages, removal of the matter from his employment file and a jury trial. Martin claimed in the suit that his first and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the city and the police department, along with other claims against the individuals in the suit.

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