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On the docket: Ky. Chief Justice on addressing equal justice, sentencing guidelines and heroin

10/25/2016 02:13 PM

Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton sits on the bench during a time where there are large conversations happening about race and equal justice, the state is facing the brunt of an opiate epidemic and the courts are coming under political scrutiny. Minton acknowledges the challenges justices and judges face in the commonwealth and across the country, and said whatever perceived inequities there are in the system should be addressed both for those in the system and on the bench. Penal... Read more 

United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan talks about hunting with Justice Scalia

10/24/2016 06:18 PM


LOUISVILLE – Speaking to a crowd gathered at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, United Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan answered questions on a wide range of issues, from gender diversity on the court, to hunting with late Justice Antonin Scalia. Kagan is one of four women to ever serve on the high court, and was asked Monday about the value of gender diversity on the Supreme Court. “I’ll be honest with you, and I think... Read more 

Judge denies Gov. Bevin's request to vacate UofL board of trustees ruling

10/21/2016 11:19 AM

UPDATED — In a decision released Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has refused to vacate his ruling stating the governor can’t abolish and replace the University of Louisville’s board of trustees. Shepherd ruled last month that Gov. Matt Bevin had exceeded his authority in abolishing and revamping the University of Louisville board in June, a decision Bevin sought to have the same judge overturn. In an 11-page ruling released early Friday, Shepherd struck down the four primary grounds Bevin’s... Read more 

Gov. Bevin declines to seek rehearing in Supreme Court case

10/13/2016 01:55 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration will not seek a second hearing before the Kentucky Supreme Court after the high court ruled 5-2 that the governor overstepped his authority by ordering current-year cuts to universities’ fourth-quarter allotments earlier this year. Bevin’s office had until Wednesday to ask for a rehearing 20 days after the high court’s decision. Amanda Stamper, Bevin’s spokeswoman, said the $18 million that had been withheld from most state universities “will be released in due course upon order of... Read more 

Tim Longmeyer sentenced to 70 months imprisonment in federal bribery case

09/29/2016 06:30 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme involving a Lexington-based consulting firm and the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan. Longmeyer, wearing a gray suit with a white shirt and blue tie, showed little emotion as U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell read his 70-month sentence. Caldwell said she considered not only the severity of Longmeyer’s crimes, but also the message that a lengthy prison stint... Read more 

Different portraits of Tim Longmeyer emerge in letters of support from family and friends, Personnel Cabinet statement ahead of sentencing

09/29/2016 10:18 AM

Dozens of friends and family members have implored U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell for leniency in letters of support for former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer ahead of his sentencing on federal bribery charges Thursday. The letters were unsealed Wednesday and include his wife, Lyn Longmeyer; parents, John and Janice Longmeyer; siblings and extended family; fellow parishioners at St. Agnes Church in Louisville; and friends, mostly in and around Louisville. On Wednesday, the court also released a victim impact statement from... Read more 

Louisville Democratic consultant tied to Longmeyer, MC Squared kickback scheme pleads guilty to bribery charges

09/28/2016 06:05 PM

A man who conspired in a kickback scheme with former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer and Lexington-based firm MC Squared Consulting swiftly pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges on Wednesday. Larry O’Bryan, a veteran of Democratic politics and founder of Pro-Active Media in Louisville, pleaded guilty to three bribery charges before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell in Lexington, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey’s office. O’Bryan waived indictment by grand jury in entering his plea on Wednesday. His... Read more 

Court rules that Gov. Bevin overstepped authority in reorganizing University of Louisville board

09/28/2016 12:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Wednesday that Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority by abolishing and revamping the University of Louisville’s board of trustees in June, likely setting up a second battle between Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Shepherd, in his ruling, said that Bevin’s power to reorganize boards does not extend to the state’s public universities, which have fallen “outside the scope of the organizational structure of the executive branch of... Read more 

UPDATED: Ky. Supreme Court rules Gov. Bevin overstepped his authority with college and university funding cuts

09/22/2016 11:06 AM

UPDATED The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-2 decision that Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority in ordering the state’s public colleges’ and universities’ fourth-quarter funding allotments cut last fiscal year. The high court ruling, released Thursday, reverses Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s earlier ruling in the case that Bevin acted within his authority in ordering the reductions, which total $18 million. “The Governor’s reduction of the allotments of the Universities in this case exceeded his statutory authority to... Read more 

UofL lawsuit nearing ruling after accreditation expert testifies on possible impact of board revamp

09/15/2016 07:59 PM

FRANKFORT — A Franklin County judge says he will soon rule on Attorney General Andy Beshear’s lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin’s reorganization of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees following a four-hour court hearing on Thursday. Both sides in the suit questioned Patricia Cormier, former president of Longwood University in Virginia and a former commissioner with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that handles UofL’s accreditation. Cormier, who charged Beshear’s office up to $10,000 at $250 per hour for... Read more 


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