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July 24, 2012

Documents unsealed in Eaton case

BOWLING GREEN — The judge in the deprivation of rights case against Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton ruled in favor of the defendants in the most recent development of the case.

Chief Judge Joseph McKinley, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Bowling Green ruled that motions in the case were to be unsealed, according to court documents filed July 20. McKinley denied federal prosecutors’ motion to file motions in limine, or motions to exclude evidence, under seal and for defense for Eaton and deputies Aaron Bennett and Eric Guffey to file responses to motions under seal as well.

One defense attorney’s motion in objection to prosecutors’ attempts to seal documents was accidentally filed as a public document on July 10. Brian Butler, Guffey’s attorney, later filed the sealed document with the court.

“This is a public proceeding,” Butler’s motion stated. “There is not a compelling reason, such as safety of a witness or defendant, to justify these evidentiary matters under seal.”

Eight motions were filed under seal before the ruling and McKinley said all pending motions, responses and replies were to be public documents in the case.

The documents and the case all stem from a three-county chase by Barren County, Glasgow and other area law enforcement of Billy Randall Stinnett, who had been driving a rented minivan with a mobile methamphetamine lab inside, according to previous Daily Times reporting. The chase ended when Stinnett crashed into a worship center on the street.

For the full story, read Wednesday's print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

 

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