On Thursday, December 14, 2023, the Kentucky Supreme Court suspended Attorney Richard Boling from the practice of law for one year for misconduct that occurred while presenting a case to a Christian County grand jury in July 2021. Boling’s suspension will run consecutively to a five-year suspension he received in June 2023 for prior disciplinary offenses.
The case is entitled “Richard Boling v. Kentucky Bar Association,” with case no. 2023-SC-0444-KB.
According to the filing, Boling knowingly presented false testimony to the grand jury regarding the date of text messages sent between defendants Seth Henderson and Joshua Long related to a drug overdose death. He also made unsubstantiated claims about a warning Henderson allegedly gave Long about the pills without evidence to support it. As a result, the Christian County Circuit Court dismissed Henderson’s indictment, finding Boling “intentionally elicited and presented false testimony.”
The Kentucky Bar Association subsequently charged Boling with four ethical violations related to his grand jury presentation. On September 21, 2023, Boling filed a motion for consensual discipline, acknowledging his conduct “fell below that required of an attorney.” He proposed a one-year suspension to run concurrently with the five-year suspension imposed on June 15, 2023, for misconduct in two prior cases.
The Supreme Court rejected running the suspensions concurrently, noting several aggravating factors in Boling’s case. As Commonwealth’s Attorney, Boling was in a position of heightened public trust and influence that his actions undermined. The court also considered Boling’s nearly 26 years of legal experience and his awareness of ongoing disciplinary proceedings against him before the grand jury presentation.
In accepting the negotiated one-year consecutive suspension, the court found the sanction consistent with prior cases and appropriate given the serious nature of Boling’s misconduct. His suspension will conclude a total of six years of discipline imposed for violations that occurred over multiple matters spanning several years between 2020 and 2022.
The Disposition states:
“ACCORDINGLY, IT IS ORDERED THAT: Richard Boling is suspended from the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for one year. This one-year suspension shall be consecutive with the suspension imposed by this Court’s Opinion and Order dated June 15, 2023, for a total suspension of six years.”
According to avvo.com, Mr, Boiling is a former Christian County prosecutor. He acquired his law license in Kentucky in 1995.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.