Court of Appeals ruling will reveal love notes

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Cruse, Hornback communications to become public

By Gina Clear

The Court of Appeals has upheld a circuit judge's Feb. 11 ruling to not seal evidence seized during a search of Hodgenville City Hall that led to indictments of the city's now former mayor and city clerk. 

In its order, the Court of Appeals denied an appeal by former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse of Judge Charles Simms ruling to seal personal communications between Cruse and former City Clerk MaDonna Hornback "including love cards, holiday cards and handwritten notes reflecting a relationship of an intimate nature." The items allegedly were found by Kentucky State Police investigators in Cruse's desk drawer.  

"Potential public humiliation for engaging in an extramarital relationship does not constitute something of a ruinous nature or incalculable damage" in the trial, the court said in the order. 

The order from the Court of Appeals was filed Wednesday afternoon in LaRue Circuit Court.

The News-Enterprise will continue to work on this story. See Friday's print edition for more on this development.