Monday, February 19, 2018

KYSC - Melton - Jail Fees

Christopher Melton v. Comm., Kentucky Supreme Court, Not-to-be-published (2/15/2018):

Melton was charged with incest, sodomy, and first-degree sexual abuse.  At trial, he was convicted on all counts and sentenced concurrently to 33 years plus $9,375 in jail fees.  On appeal, the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed the award of jail fees due to the Commonwealth’s failure to show compliance with KRS 441.265(1), allowing jail fees as part of a county policy that establishes the true cost per diem of a stay in the local jail; the Court also reversed the sodomy and sex abuse counts for non-unanimity and remanded for an amended judgment. 

Susan Balliet represented Christopher Melton on appeal.