Kentucky Supreme Court

Minton Re-elected Chief Justice

by Kenny Colston on May 17, 2012

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton has been elected to a second term.

“With this re-election, the justices have expressed their appreciation for the hard work and leadership of Chief Justice Minton,” says Mary C. Noble, deputy chief justice for the Supreme Court in a statement. “We have an unusually close court that works together on all major issues under the guidance of our chief justice.”

In Kentucky, Supreme Court justices are elected by popular vote. The court then appoints its own chief justice.

Minton was first elected in 2006 and became chief justice in 2008. Before that, he served on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Minton’s election occurred earlier this week, but the court waited to release the results until Thursday.

“I’m grateful to my colleagues for their strong vote of confidence,” Minton says in a statement. “All of the justices are former trial judges, which gives them unique insight into the work of the courts. More than ever before, the Supreme Court is involved in forming policy and the justices’ perspective and spirit of cooperation has been especially important in guiding the Judicial Branch during one of the most difficult times in recent memory.”

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UK Police “Disappointed” In High Court Gun Ruling

by Rick Howlett April 27, 2012

From Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio The University of Kentucky’s chief of police says he’s disappointed in yesterday’s ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court that students and staff members at UK and the commonwealth’s other universities may legally store guns and other deadly weapons in a car’s glove compartment, but that the schools may continue […]

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Louisville Attorney Friedman Disbarred

by Rick Howlett April 26, 2012

A former attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has been permanently disbarred over his handling of client funds in his private practice. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled today that David Friedman of Louisville withheld more than 100-thousand dollars in judgments he won for several clients, using the money for personal expenses because […]

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Kentucky Supreme Court Hears JCPS Student Assignment Arguments

by Devin Katayama April 16, 2012

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments this Wednesday in Frankfort on a case that could force Jefferson County Public Schools to change its student assignment plan. An appellate court ruled against JCPS last year, saying Kentucky students have the right to attend the same school where they enroll, or their neighborhood school. But JCPS […]

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Senate Bill Would Amend Constitution on Redistricting, Defer to Federal Law

by Kenny Colston March 8, 2012

A move to amend the provisions of Kentucky’s constitution that deal with redistricting has been introduced in the state Senate. State Senator Robert Stivers’s bill would change the laws around redistricting, and give more direction for how medium-sized counties could be split. Right now, the constitution says that any county that can be made one […]

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Supreme Court Says Redistricting Maps Are Unconstitutional

by Kenny Colston February 24, 2012

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the latest maps of state legislative districts are unconstitutional. Lawmakers approved new lines for state House and Senate districts earlier this year. But a circuit court judge declared them unconstitutional, citing a precedent that districts can’t be more than five percent larger or smaller than their ideal size. […]

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Kentucky Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Redistricting Case

by Kenny Colston February 24, 2012

The fight over redistricting has moved to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Lawmakers approved new lines for state House and Senate districts earlier this year. But a judge declared them unconstitutional, citing a precedent that districts can’t be more than five percent larger or smaller than their ideal size. Lawyers for the Legislative Research Commission promptly […]

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Appeal on Legislative Redistricting Could Be Heard This Week

by Kenny Colston February 13, 2012

The battle over new state legislative districts may move to the Kentucky Supreme Court this week. At the direction of General Assembly leaders, the Legislative Research Commission this week will file an appeal to overturn an injunction against the district maps lawmakers approved last month. In it’s filing, the LRC will also argue that the new […]

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Attorney Asks State Supreme Court to Deny JCPS Student Assignment Case Review

by Devin Katayama November 28, 2011

An attorney representing several Jefferson County Public Schools parents has filed a response to the school district’s attempt to overturn a ruling against the student assignment plan. Teddy Gordon has been arguing against JCPS for over a decade. He even won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2007, which called the district’s student assignment plan […]

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Noble Will Be First Female Justice to Preside Over KY Supreme Court Arguments

by Tony McVeigh June 7, 2011

History will be made Wednesday morning at 11:00 am in the courtroom of the Kentucky Supreme Court in Frankfort. Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton has recused himself from a criminal case coming before the Supreme Court. So, that means Deputy Chief Justice Mary Noble will preside over oral arguments in the case. It’s a first […]

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