Latest Kentucky Supreme Court News

Kentucky justices review 'Marsy's Law' ballot language

Feb. 8, 2019 1:51 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on whether a nearly 40-word ballot question sufficiently informed voters about a proposed amendment that would add multiple protections for crime victims to the state's Constitution. At stake was whether last year's statewide vote on the...

Kentucky justices review 'Marsy's Law' ballot language

Feb. 8, 2019 11:22 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has heard arguments about whether a proposed amendment to the state's Constitution outlining rights for crime victims was worded correctly. Lawyers faced a barrage of questions from justices during arguments Friday. At stake is whether last year's statewide...

Appellate judge announces run for Supreme Court seat

Feb. 6, 2019 11:34 AM EST

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — An appellate judge has announced he will run for a spot on the Kentucky Supreme Court days after Justice Bill Cunningham retired. Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Christopher "Shea" Nickell told The Paducah Sun that he is running in November's election for the vacant seat, which...

Lambert to be sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Jan. 30, 2019 5:31 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A new Kentucky Supreme Court justice will be sworn in to office next week. A statement from the Administrative Office of the Courts says Debra Hembree Lambert will be formally sworn in as a justice on Feb. 4 at the state Capitol in Frankfort. She was elected to the court in November...

Retired judge responds to Kentucky governor's criticism

Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down a pension law he had signed last year, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called it an "unprecedented power grab by activist judges." Thursday, the judge who wrote the ruling fired back. In an Op-Ed sent to various news outlets,...

High court: KY death row inmate's case should get new look

Jan. 14, 2019 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling Kentucky's highest court to take another look at the case of a serial murder on death row. The court Monday told the Supreme Court of Kentucky to revisit Larry Lamont White's death sentence in light of a 2017 Supreme Court ruling. That ruling involved a man...

Cunningham to step down from Kentucky Supreme Court

Dec. 28, 2018 12:22 PM EST

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham has announced that he will retire from the bench early next year. News outlets report Cunningham, who is 74, announced on Thursday that his last day will be Feb. 1. He was first elected in 2006 to represent the First Supreme Court District,...