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Bevin submits amicus brief to Kentucky Supreme Court supporting business ordered to print t-shirts

Governor Matt Bevin has submitted an amicus brief to the Kentucky Supreme Court in the landmark case of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission vs. Hands-On Originals. Governor Matt Bevin Gov. Bevin’s amicus brief supports Hands-On Originals, a small t-shirt printing business in Lexington. In 2014, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission determined that Hands-On...

Retiring Court of Appeals judge Janet Stumbo honored by colleagues at retirement reception

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Janet L. Stumbo, who serves 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky, was honored by the chief justice, her fellow Court of Appeals judges, court system employees and others at a retirement reception Dec. 14 at the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort. “On behalf of the entire court system, what can I say except thank you for your years of service and the way you have cared...

Court of Appeals ruling allows Bevin administration case against Planned Parenthood to proceed

The Kentucky Court of Appeals last week reversed a judge from Jefferson Circuit Court and ruled in favor of the Bevin Administration in an important case regarding the health and safety of women in the Commonwealth. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed a lawsuit last year against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., after its Louisville facility unlawfully performed nearly...

Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear civil cases November 30 at EKU’s Carl D. Perkins Building

The Kentucky Court of Appeals will convene Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to hear civil cases on appeal from Fayette, Franklin, Hopkins and Jefferson counties and a criminal case from Jefferson County. Proceedings are open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. at the Carl D. Perkins Building at 4436 Kit Carson Drive. Three-judge panels composed of Court of Appeals Judges Glenn...

Kentucky Supreme Court adopts first formal open records policy, expands electronic access

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has approved an open records policy that guides how the public accesses the administrative records of the state court system. The seven Supreme Court justices voted unanimously to adopt the policy, which will take effect Aug. 15. This is the first open records policy for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operations arm of the court system. The policy is in...

Judicial Nominating Commission names candidates for judge in Bourbon, Scott, Woodford counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court judgeship in Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties, which make up the 14th Judicial Circuit. The vacancy is in the circuit’s 1st Division. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Jeremy Michael Mattox, Damon Loyd Preston and Perry Thomas Ryan, all...

Kentucky Court of Appeals sides with Hands On Originals in gay rights dispute over tee shirts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Hands On Originals, a Lexington tee shirt company, has won another round in the ongoing legal dispute over whether it violated Lexington’s fairness ordinance by refusing to print shirts for a gay rights group. The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that Hands On Originals didn’t violate the Lexington ordinance when it refused...

Johnson to be formally sworn in as Court of Appeals judge in Lexington courthouse ceremony Monday

Judge Robert G. Johnson of Georgetown will be formally sworn in as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge Monday at an investiture ceremony in Lexington. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse in Courtroom I on the fourth floor. The courthouse is located at 120 N. Limestone St. Judge Robert G. Johnson Court of Appeals...

Bevin appoints Georgetown Circuit Judge Johnson to Kentucky Court of Appeals Fifth District post

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Robert G. Johnson, of Georgetown, to the office of Court of Appeals Judge for Kentucky’s Fifth Appellate District, Division 1, which is currently vacant. This judicial district encompasses Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott, and Woodford counties. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College and his...

State Supreme Court rejects Lexington abortion clinic bid to stay open while it challenges Appeals Court

The only abortion clinic in the eastern half of Kentucky will remain closed while it appeals the state’s closure of it to the state Supreme Court. The court denied a request from EMW Women’s Clinic to repoen. It closed in June, “when the Court of Appeals overturned a Fayette Circuit Court ruling that allowed it to stay open after a legal challenge by Gov. Matt Bevin. The Court of...

NKY’s Joy Kramer sworn in as chief judge of KY Court of Appeals; elected by fellow judges

Judge Joy Kramer sworn in as chief judge by current Chief Judge Glenn Acree Judge Joy A. Kramer of Northern Kentucky was sworn as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals for a term beginning July 1. Judge Kramer was sworn in by current Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree in the courtroom of the Court of Appeals building in Frankfort.   Judge Kramer was elected by her fellow Court of Appeals judges to...

State Court of Appeals orders Lexington abortion clinic closed for now

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Reversing a lower court’s ruling Wednesday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals said Lexington’s only location for legal abortions must stop performing them pending a lawsuit by the state that seeks to require it to be licensed as an abortion facility. Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone declined in March to issue an injunction to close EMW Women’s Clinic...

Michelle M. Keller appointed to Kentucky Supreme Court in history-making move

In a history-making appointment, Gov. Steve Beshear today named Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell to the Supreme Court of Kentucky. With the appointment, the seven-member court – the state’s highest – now has three female justices for the first time ever.   Michelle M. Keller The appointment, which is effective today, replaces Justice Wil Schroder, who retired Jan....