Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators federal defamation lawsuit may go to court


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – In February, Detective Jeff Farmer, sued five Franklin County public defenders for comments they made about him in a letter to the Franklin County Sheriff, complaining of Farmer’s appearance at a January 6th rally in Washington that was followed by assaults on the Capitol.


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Farmer was placed on desk duty for a month while an independent investigator looked into Farmer’s actions.


That investigation cleared Farmer of any wrong at the Capitol although it did say he used ‘poor judgement’ with a handful of previous social media posts.


He received a written reprimand for that.


He claims the comments by the public defenders damaged his reputation.


They’ve asked the lawsuit be dismissed. A judge will decide. If the case continues, it could got to trial.

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