County judge uses Clark County inmate to move furniture - WDRB 41 Louisville News

County judge uses Clark County inmate to move furniture

Posted: Updated:

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Southern Indiana judge is under fire after a Clark County inmate was used to move furniture from the judge's rental property.

The Clark County Probation Department says the inmate was used to moved a television, bed, and box spring from a rental property owned by circuit court judge Jerry Jacobi.

According to Clark County interim sheriff Brian Meyer, the inmate has been working outside the jail as a trusty for the last several months. He cuts grass, sweeps sidewalks, and washes police cars.

A few weeks ago, Meyer says Community Service Director Joe Renck asked if he could use the inmate to move donated furniture to Jeffersonville drug rehabilitation program Jerry's House.

"Fifteen minutes later he was back in front of my office saying, hey he is back outside working," said Meyer.

Meyer said he wasn't told the work was for Jacobi, but that because the furniture was being donated to an organization in need, he would have okayed it either way.

"I would have still done it, based on the service we were providing," said Meyer. "Now, had it been a favor to the judge, or something beneficial to the judge, I absolutely would not do that for any citizen of Clark County."

Jacobi was recently under fire for running the county's troubled drug court -- which is now the focus of a federal lawsuit.

According to his attorney, Jacobi organized the move through the halfway house, and wasn't aware that an inmate was used.

"Judge Jacobi had no idea who was going to move these items," said attorney Larry Wilder. "His concern was that he had things that could be used by people in recovery."

Probation and parole director for Clark County, Henry Ford said he is looking into the situation.

While many of the officials we talked to said the move is only getting attention because of political bullying.

"I don't think it has anything to do with us, or the gentleman who took him out, or the inmate," said Meyer. "It has to do with something that's going on in the other portion of the courthouse."

According to Meyer, the inmate was only used to load the furniture onto the truck. Residents at Jerry's House unloaded the furniture.

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.