At the Courthouse Square

Supporters of expungement legislation see glimmers of hope ahead of next year's session

11/27/2015 07:32 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to sign an executive order restoring the rights to vote and hold office for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes earlier this week earned him praise. But advocates for low-level felony expungement say such legislation would be pivotal in removing societal barriers for those who hope to move ahead with their lives. State Reps. Darryl Owens and David Floyd have spearheaded efforts at felony expungement in recent years, with House Bill 40 passing the Democrat-led House of Representatives by... Read more 

Jesse Benton acquitted in case involving Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign

10/22/2015 01:42 PM

A federal jury in Iowa has acquitted Kentuckian and former Ron Paul staffer Jesse Benton of making false statements to the FBI, the lone charge he faced in trial. In early October, a judge threw out four other counts against Benton and all counts against John Tate. An indictment handed down in August initially charged Benton with five counts ranging from conspiracy, causing false records and campaign expenditure reports, false statements scheme and false statements. On Thursday, the jury... Read more 

Northern Kentucky judge-executives discuss whether tolls should remain an option for new Ohio River bridge

09/29/2015 06:10 PM

ERLANGER – Judge-executives from Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties are somewhat split as to whether tolls should be part of the equation in building a new Brent Spence Bridge. The four judge-executives appeared together Tuesday morning for the annual Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce State of Northern Kentucky Address in Erlanger. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore says that he doesn’t favor tolls, he does feel that it has to remain part of the discussion if a new bridge is to... Read more 

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis allows deputy to issue same-sex marriage license without her authority

09/14/2015 06:03 PM

MOREHEAD — Rowan County Kim Davis returned to work today and did not interfere with deputy clerk Brian Mason who issued a same-sex marriage license to Shannon Wampler and Carmen Collins of Lexington. Prior to opening the office, Davis, an Apostolic Christian who spent five days in jail for disobeying a federal judge, read a hand-written statement outside the Rowan County Courthouse in which she said she was forced to choose between obeying God or a directive that forces her to... Read more 

Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis freed as thousands descend on local jail, but sanctions loom with noncompliance

09/08/2015 10:22 PM

GRAYSON — As thousands from across the country assembled in front of the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday celebrating her release after a sixth day behind bars, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stood on the back of a flatbed truck and wept. “Thank you all so much,” she said as she composed herself. “I love you all so very much.” “His people have rallied, and you are a strong people,” she continued. “… Just keep on pressin’. Don’t let down because... Read more 

Kim Davis ordered released after marriage licenses issued in Rowan Co.

09/08/2015 01:32 PM

Democratic Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been ordered released from custody of U.S. Marshals after her deputies began issuing marriage licenses last week. U.S. District Judge David Bunning found Davis to be in contempt of court on Thursday after she refused to issue marriage licenses in Rowan County citing her religious convictions as basis for her denial of services. On Tuesday, Bunning ordered Davis released under certain conditions. In the order Bunning writes that the issuance of marriage... Read more 

First same-sex marriage license issued in Rowan County with Kim Davis behind bars

09/04/2015 10:20 AM

MOREHEAD — With Democratic Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses, one of her deputies issued the first license to a same-sex couple on Friday morning. At 8:15 am, William Smith, Jr. and James Yates received the first license the Rowan County Clerk’s office has issued since late June when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, mandating same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states and striking down bans... Read more 

Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis will stay in custody after federal judge finds her in contempt

09/03/2015 04:28 PM

UPDATED ASHLAND — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will remain behind bars in defiance of U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order mandating her office resume issuing marriage licenses despite testimony from five of her six deputies Thursday that they will obey Bunning’s decision. Only Davis’s son, Nathan Davis, said he would not issue marriage licenses. Kim Davis was placed in U.S. marshals’ custody earlier Thursday for contempt, and Bunning gave her an opportunity to be freed later in the day so long... Read more 

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis found in contempt

09/03/2015 01:35 PM

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples . Bunning told Davis that she would remain jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses to gay couples. Davis said, “Thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. Marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Pure Politics’ Kevin Wheatley is in Ashland. We will continue to... Read more 

Rowan County clerk ordered to court for continuing to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses

09/01/2015 07:23 PM

MOREHEAD — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her staff have been ordered to appear in federal court 11 a.m. Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to determine whether she is in contempt of court, a charge that could include a fine, jail time or both. Davis continued her stand on Tuesday of not issuing any marriage licenses despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday evening to not hear her request for emergency application. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, contends... Read more 


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