JCPS, Parents Make Final Arguments to Kentucky’s Highest Court

The debate over whether students have the right to attend their neighborhood schools may soon be decided by the Kentucky Supreme Court. The high court heard arguments Wednesday morning on whether the word “attendance” was deliberately removed from state law (KRS 159.070) in 1990. The state Court of Appeals ruled last year that the law […]

Kentucky Supreme Court Hears JCPS Student Assignment Arguments

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 […]

State Supreme Court Decides to Hear JCPS Student Assignment Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case regarding Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan next Spring. An appellate court ruled earlier this year that students may attend the school closest to their homes. That doesn’t happen in JCPS, where many students travel outside their neighborhoods under the district’s diversity plan.

JCPS Delays High School Student Assignment and Appeals to Kentucky Supreme Court

The Jefferson County Board of Education will appeal an appellate court ruling that allows students to attend their neighborhood school. As a result of the court’s decision, the board also voted at Monday’s meeting to delay implementation of new boundaries and assignments for high school students next year. Delaying the JCPS high school assignment plan […]

Louisville Slugger Loses Appeal in Montana Case

An appeal by Louisville Slugger to the Supreme Court of Montana was unanimously rejected Thursday.  The appeal was filed in response to a 2006 judgment. In 2003, 18-year-old pitcher Brandon Patch died after a baseball hit him in the face. The ball was struck by an aluminum bat made by Louisville Slugger. The boy’s family […]

Supreme Court Ruling Further Equates Spending to Speech

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may not affect Kentucky laws, but it will affect voters. The court struck down an Arizona law that essentially gave publicly-funded candidates more money to match successful privately-funded opponents. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the ruling, saying the law punished successful candidates. University of Louisville Professor Sam Marcosson […]

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 […]

Retroactive Fair Sentencing Act Enforcement Likely Won’t Affect Kentucky Case

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing for criminals serving jail time or possession of crack cocaine to have their sentences reduced, but his efforts are unlikely to affect one of the most famous local cases involving crack cocaine. Holder’s recommendation is related to the Fair Sentencing Act. Previously, possession of the more expensive powder […]

Supreme Court Ruling on Kentucky Case Could Give Police More Power in Warrantless Searches

The Supreme Court’s ruling in a case out of Kentucky could give law enforcement officers more power to enter homes without warrants. The case came from Lexington, where law enforcement officers burst into Hollis King’s home after smelling marijuana and having reason to believe he was destroying evidence. The police, however, were not looking for […]

Kentucky Supreme Court to Wait to Hear Instant Racing Arguments

The Kentucky Supreme Court will wait to hear a case testing the legality of Instant Racing. In December, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled the state can regulate Instant Racing, or electronic wagering on previously-run horse races. The Family Foundation, which opposes expansion of gambling in Kentucky, appealed the decision directly to the state Supreme […]