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Federal trial for Hillview poilice chief delayed

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 LOUISVILLE - A trial in U.S. District Court to determine whether a local police chief lied to federal investigators will not be held this week.

The federal case against Hillview police chief Glenn Caple was supposed to begin this week in Louisville.

However, because his attorney, Thomas Clay, is also representing a possible witness in the case, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III disqualified the noted attorney from serving as Caple’s legal counsel.

Caple confirmed that the case had been delayed. No new trial date has been set.

Clay will ask the judge to reconsider the possibility that he could represent Caple.

Caple was indicted last October for allegedly lying to federal officials who were investigating a meth lab found on the property owned by mayor James Eadens.

Federal authorities said that Caple lied about where a backpack was found during an investigation on Jan 4, 2012.

The mayor’s son was questioned about the incident where materials used to make a meth lab were found both on the property and behind the property.

No criminal charges were filed in the case.

However, when questioned by the FBI as to where he ordered officers to remove the backpack to a place off of the mayor’s property, Caple allegedly lied.

Since that time, Hillview police officer Scott Barrow has filed a lawsuit in Bullitt Circuit Court alleging that he has been unfairly treated under the whistleblower’s act.

Barrow alleged that his treatment by Caple and Maj. Ken Straughn changed after he cooperated with FBI investigators over the drug case.

That case has been filed in Bullitt Circuit Court.