Kentucky Supreme Court

10:48 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Report: Kentucky Supreme Court Gets 'F' For Financial Disclosure of Judges


Kentucky suffers from weak financial disclosure requirements of its state Supreme Court justices, says a report released Wednesday.

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3:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Case Could Decide Scope of Attorney General's Powers

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Floyd Grover Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison on multiple drug trafficking charges  in Powell County.

But in his appeal, Floyd successfully argued that because the investigation leading to his indictment was conducted solely by uninvited law enforcement agencies outside of Powell County—including detectives from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and officers working for Operation UNITE, an anti-drug enforcement non-profit founded by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-5—then his 2009 indictment should be moot.

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3:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice: Courthouse Employees are Underpaid


Kentucky court employees earn less money than state workers who do similar jobs in other branches of government—and state Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton wants the General Assembly to do something about it.

The state's court system ability to attract and keep employees is hurt by the lower wages, Minton said in his annual State of the Judiciary address, this year given in Hopkinsville. Often, the Kentucky circuit, civil and other courts will hire and train employees only to have them leave for better paying jobs in other state entities or at private businesses.

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4:53 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Kentucky AG Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Consider School Miranda Rights Case

The Kentucky attorney general's office has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case involving whether students must be informed of their rights before being questioned at school.

Attorney General Jack Conway asked the justices Tuesday to overturn a Kentucky Supreme Court decision from April. In that case from Nelson County, the state justices concluded that students must be informed of their legal rights — including the right to remain silent — before being questioned by school administrators working with police or school resource officers.

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5:06 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Backs Release of Child Abuse Records

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered Kentucky child welfare officials to publicly release records of child abuse cases resulting in death or serious injury.

The court released the 3-3 vote on Thursday on whether to halt a lower court decision ordering the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open the cases. The tie vote let the lower court decision stand.

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11:38 am
Wed April 3, 2013

For First Time, Kentucky Supreme Court Has 3 Women Justices

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller

In a historic appointment, Governor Steve Beshear has named Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The appointment increases the number of women on the state's highest court to three. It is the first time the state Supreme Court has had three female justices on the bench.

Keller replaces Justice Wil Schroder, who resigned January 17 due to health reasons.

In a statement, Keller says her appointment is bittersweet.

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12:46 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Commission Narrows Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Nominees to Three

Gov. Steve Beshear has 60 days to appoint a new justice for the Kentucky Supreme Court once the state's Judicial Nominating Commission hands over the list that was narrowed down to three names this week.

Justice Wil Schroder retired in January from the 6th Supreme Court District which includes 21 northern Kentucky counties.

The commission--made up of Chief Justice John Minton, members appointed by the state bar association and citizens appointed by the governor--is responsible for requesting and considering nominees presented by the state bar. 

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3:45 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Kentucky High Court Hears Teacher Discipline Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court is weighing whether actions by an award-winning educator who disciplined an elementary school student constitute “conduct unbecoming a teacher.”

The case stems from a 2009 incident at Cardinal Valley Elementary School in Lexington.

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9:59 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

High Court Considering Miranda Rights Case

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The Kentucky Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling soon on whether public school administrators should read Miranda rights to students when they question them with a resource officer present.

The case involves a high school student in Nelson County who was convicted of sharing prescription pain pills after confessing to the school’s vice principal and resource officer.

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2:16 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Kentucky State Court System To Observe Furlough Day Tuesday

Illustration from Wikipedia

Tuesday is the second of three furlough days in Kentucky’s state judicial system.

Courthouses across the state will be closed as part of the system’s budget cutting plan.

Most court operations, including pre-trial services, driver license branches and bond processing will be shut down.

The processing of domestic violence and emergency protective orders will not be affected.

The first court system furlough day was August 6; the third and final furlough day is October 15.