R. Kent Westberry - Representative Cases

United States of America v. Maricle, et al., Criminal Action No. 6:09-CR-000 16-DCR, Trial Date: February 2, 2010, United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky (London Division) (Judge Danny C. Reeves). I served as lead counsel for Douglas C. Adams, a former Superintendent of Schools against allegations of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") 18 U.S.C. §1962(d) and money laundering in violation of U.S.C. §1956(h). These charges stemmed from this defendant's alleged participation in a vote buying scheme that encompassed three election cycles. The trial lasted in excess of seven weeks and involved many complex questions of law. Convictions were obtained by the United States on these counts and an appeal followed. This was not a published decision.

United States of America v. Douglas C. Adams, et al., File No. 13a-0179p.06, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Decided and filed July 17, 2013 (recommended for full-text publication). I handled this appeal with Attorney John D. Cline of San Francisco, California. A unanimous panel of United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated the defendant's convictions on all counts and remanded for a new trial. The prosecution ended after remand when all defendants pled guilty to RICO and were sentenced to time served.

Griffin, et al. v. Jones, et al. Civil Action 5:12-cv-00163-TBR-LLK, United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky (Paducah Division) (Judge Thomas B. Russell) (Filed November 2, 2012). This civil action arose from a soured business relationship where defendants brought a counterclaim against our client claiming damages in excess of $100 million. This case as litigated for a number of years and involved extensive briefing and discovery. We recently obtained summary judgment against claims of tortious interference with contractual relations and abuse of process. (March 21, 2016) We also obtained a motion to dismiss on claims involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"). (September 29, 2014). Our client is David Griffin who operates a farming business in Arkansas. These were not published decisions.

Community Ties of America, Inc. v. The Carla J. Barrowman Corp., et al. Civil Action No.3: 12-CV-00429-S, United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky (Louisville Division) (Judge Charles R. Simpson III and Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer). Filed: July 20, 2012. I served as lead counsel for the Carla J. Barrowman Corp., who was a defendant in this action. We defended a lawsuit involving allegations of tortuous interference with contractual relationships, among many other business torts, arising out of the closing of a residential treatment facility for disabled adults. After three years and multiple depositions, we obtained summary judgment on all claims (February 9, 2015). This was a non-published decision.