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Kentucky’s public defenders concerned about premature return to open court proceedings

As a precaution to protect participants from possible exposure and spread of COVID-19, most criminal court proceedings have been suspended since March, but that is about to change and public defender leaders are worried about what they may mean for the health of their attorneys and others in the system. On May 15, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order that trial courts in June could “resume...

Bevin appoints department veteran Damon Preston as Kentucky’s new Public Advocate

Gov. Matt Bevin and Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that Damon Preston has been appointed as Kentucky’s next Public Advocate, continuing his decades of steadfast work at the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) on behalf of indigent clients. Preston is taking the helm after 20 years of service at key levels of the department. Since joining the DPA in 1997, he has worked as a staff attorney,...