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Ky. Supreme Court affirms decision striking down constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a lower court opinion that invalidated the language of a Constitutional Amendment known as Marsy’s Law, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year. Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton, introduced Senate Bill 3 on the first day of the 2018 General Assembly, the title of which was, “AN ACT proposing...

David Ward: Marsy’s Law would have dramatic negative impact on Kentucky’s legal system

If Marsy’s Law – a bill pre-filed in our Legislature is passed, Kentucky citizens will have a chance to weigh in on the following question that will determine whether the Kentucky Constitution is dramatically changed and whether every criminal case in the Commonwealth is altered substantially. Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be...

New ‘Clean Slate’ law provides opportunity to expunge certain felonies; free workshops available

A new law went into effect July 15 that allows certain Class D felony convictions to be vacated and charges dismissed, opening the opportunity for a ‘clean slate’ for thousands of Kentuckians. “This legislation will help people who have done their time, completed their sentences and lived law-abiding lives for many years,” Administrative Office of the Courts General Counsel...

Three sites announced for felony expungement information sessions in response to new state law

In response to Kentucky’s new felony expungement law, the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL), the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Clean Slate Kentucky and legal aid organizations are partnering to host a series of expungement information sessions in the coming weeks. These events are aimed at helping interested citizens understand and navigate the felony expungement process....