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Monthly Archives: May 2008

U.S. 6th Cir. Decisions for Week of May 19-23, 2008 (8 Ky cases)

U.S. 6th Cir. Decisions for Week of May 19-23, 2008 (8 Ky cases) posted.

CRIMINAL: What price justice? Kentucky’s Public Defender office refusing cases after budget cuts

Justice is not free, and nothing is done without a price.  But who will pay the price for our courts to meet their constitutional obligation to provide counsel for certain indigent defendants.  Looks like the indigent defendants will. Last  year the guardian ad litem issue in this state seemed to be funded by the effortsContinue Reading

KY BLAWGS: “Kentucky Judge given 30 day suspension for being rude, and publicly opposing re-election of another judge.’

From LawReader: Kentucky Judge given 30 day suspension for being rude, and publicly opposing re-election of another judge.   May 23, 2008   District Judge Frank Wakefield II of Franklin, Ky., has received a 30 day suspension for talking too much in court and being rude.  On Friday May 23, 2008 the Judicial Conduct Commission issuedContinue Reading

INDIANA: “Commission on the Courts” Consisting of Court and Legislative Members – et tu Ky?

Indiana Law Blog has a routine entry announcing issues to be reviewed by its "Commission on the Courts" – Interim Legislative Committee to study court issues – which also referenced an earlier post which is a "groups of lawmakers who gather throughout the summer to brainstorm what issues might need to be dealt with inContinue Reading

COURTS: “Mediation can offer swift dose of justice”

From Courier Journal: Mediation can offer swift dose of justice Charged with burglarizing two family members’ homes in Clay County earlier this year, Michael Gilliam was facing as many as 20 years in prison — and angry relatives pushing for stiff punishment.

DIET DRUG TRIAL: Witnesses detail fen-phen settlement

From Kentucky.com is story of two lawyer-witnesses who are testifying in the criminal trial of the three lawyers that they understood the settlement did not include future cases coming into the class: Witnesses detail fen-phen settlement Two Washington lawyers who represented American Home Products in a 2001 fen-phen settlement testified in federal court Thursday thatContinue ReadingContinue Reading

KY BLAWGS: “A court of appeals case that cries out for Supreme Court Review” from Lawreader

We previously posted on a COA decision that should go up on discretionary review to SCOKY.  It looks like another case has caught the eye of another Kentucky law blogger – Stan Billingsley at LawReader has a post – A court of appeals case that cries out for Supreme Court ReviewThe following unpublished case demonstratesContinue Reading

COURTS: “Newspaper seeks to review ex-soldier’s juvenile file”

Newspaper seeks to review ex-soldier’s juvenile file feom Courier Journal A judge is being asked to open the juvenile court file of a former Louisville resident charged with killing a fellow soldier in Colorado last year.

DIET DRUG TRIAL: “Judge “embarrassed” at handling of fen-phen case”

Retired Judge Bamberg "embarassed" at handling of fen-phen class action settlement handling.  From Kentucky.com: Judge "embarrassed" at handling of fen-phen case The judge who approved a $200 million class-action settlement in a fen-phen diet drug lawsuit testified he was embarrassed by the way he handled the case. Retired Circuit Court Judge Joseph "Jay" Bamberger wasContinue Reading

LAW SCHOOLS: Alben W. Barkley School of Law in Paducah planning new $3.8 mill. law library

From the Herald Leader is story about western Kentucky law school planning building new library after changing name and pending ABA approval: Law school planning new law library A western Kentucky law school is planning a new $3.8 million law library. Alben W. Barkley School of Law President Larry Putt says construction is expected toContinue Reading