After indictment, what happens to Newberry's career


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.---He's been in office for seven years, says he plans on filing for re-election, but he could be out of a job and sent to jail if he's convicted of tampering with public records.

Friday a grand jury decided there was enough evidence against Judge Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge Doug Harnice.
It relates to changes made to county zoning maps.

The two will continue holding office during the proceedings.
But the McCracken County Attorney said because this is a felony, if they're convicted they'll be ousted as required by the state constitution.

The grand jury's findings were made known, charging Newberry and Harnice with tampering with public records.

Newberry said he's not concerned, and plans on filing for re-election soon, because he says he didn't break any laws.

"There was an original zoning map, the city tired to translate it to a bigger map, and when they did they got the lines off. They had zoning lines going through people's houses," Newberry said.

The two will go before a judge next Thursday.
We don't know how long the proceedings will take.
Newberry made it clear, he wants a speedy trial because he has to file and start campaigning  for this year's election.

Right now, Judge Craig Clymer has been assigned the case and the proceedings are set to take place in the McCracken County Courthouse.
But the judge said he might recuse himself and someone could request a change of venue.
Tampering with public records is a Class D felony.
That means, if found guilty, the two could spend one to five years in a state penitentiary.
Doug Harnice worked at wpsd for 38 years before retiring in 2007.