Amish Men Found Guilty of Traffic Violations

Two Amish men must pay fines for refusing to post reflective triangles on their horse-drawn carriages. Levi Hostetler and Joe Stutzman were found guilty on misdemeanor traffic charges during a Graves County Circuit Court session Monday. The men say the posting the state-mandated warning emblems violates their religious beliefs. Stutzman was fined $173 and Hostetler […]

JCPS Student Assignment Hears Arguments, Judges Not Impressed With District’s Plan

The Kentucky Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today over an interpretation of a state statute, which could affect the JCPS student assignment plan. The debate was between the words enroll versus attend. Since 2000, a state statute (KRS 159.070) has allowed districts to chose where students go to school by removing the word “attend” […]

Floyd County Judge Introduces Veteran-Treatment Court

Floyd County Indiana Superior Court 3 Judge Maria Granger is proposing a specialized court that would defer veterans to veteran-specific treatment programs, rather than having them spend time in prison. “Much is going to be expected from the veterans that enter the program,” said Granger. “The key for success, if it’s going to achieve the […]

Supreme Court Rules for Kentucky Man, With Caveat

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Kentucky man facing a nearly nine-year prison sentence for crack cocaine charges is eligible to have his sentence reduced. William Freeman agreed to the sentence in a plea deal, which was based on the sentencing guidelines for crack. When those guidelines changed, Freeman tried to have his […]

Indiana Panel to Review Court Decision on Police Entry

A special committee of Indiana legislators will consider whether lawmakers can do anything about a recent state Supreme Court Ruling that said Indiana residents don’t have the right to resist police officers who illegally enter homes. Republican Senator Brent Steele will chair the committee, which will determine whether the General Assembly can overturn the ruling […]

Planned Parenthood of Indiana Continues Fight Against New State Law

Planned Parenthood of Indiana will be in court soon to try to have a law that strips the organization of public funding overturned. A previous attempt to have the law stopped was rejected shortly after Governor Mitch Daniels signed the legislation. Organization president Betty Cockrum says if the court case doesn’t work, she thinks the […]

Orchestra Returns to Court Tomorrow, Reorganization Plan Due

The Louisville Orchestra is due in court again tomorrow for a bankruptcy hearing. Under the ensemble’s Chapter 11 filing, orchestra management has to submit a plan for reorganizing operations. Officials have declined to comment on the content or status of the plan, but the management had previously sought to reduce the number of full-time musicians. […]

Miners’ Widows Sue Operator Over 2010 Accident

The widows of two men killed in a mine accident in Kentucky last year are suing the mine’s operator. The Dotiki mine had received hundreds of citations for safety violations before the 2010 roof collapse. The women say production took priority over safety at the mine. From Bloomberg: The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District […]

Kentucky Environmental Foundation Hopes to Spur EPA Decisions

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is hoping to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to rule on issues related to air quality in Kentucky. The EPA has missed its deadline to approve or reject state implementation program proposals. The proposals outline how various regions in the commonwealth will reduce particulate pollution released by power plants, cars and […]

Appeals Court Overturns Decision to Reinstate Expelled U of L Nursing Student

The decision to reinstate a University of Louisville nursing student who was expelled over her blog posts has been overturned. Nina Yoder was expelled from U of L in 2009 after posts she’d written about her coursework were found online. That year, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson ruled that the school violated a contract with […]