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CJ: “The year’s top quotes — from sublime to ridiculous”

Here's a few court quotes from the following Courier-Journal story:

The year's top quotes — from sublime to ridiculous

“There you go, lock me up. I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell."

Tweet from teenager Savannah Dietrich as she named the two boys who
sexually assaulted her. The boys’ attorneys asked that she be held in
contempt for defying a judge’s order, but the effort was dropped after a
public outcry over Savannah’s treatment in the court system.

“Some of the judges need to decide if this job interferes with their lifestyle.”

District Judge Sean Delahanty on fellow judges’ work habits after
surveyed attorneys complained that a year-old Jefferson County court
reorganization effort has been a flop.

“If you ever call me on my cellphone again. I’ll strangle you.”

Senior Judge Martin McDonald to assistant public advocate David Barron
during a September Jefferson County court hearing. McDonald was later
removed from the case.

“I have kept my word and have accepted responsibility for my actions, and anything questionable, just as I said I would.”

CJ: “Man who shot and killed UK football player in 1994 injured in Snyder Freeway accident “

Man who shot and killed UK football player in 1994 injured in Snyder Freeway accident
Shane Ragland was seriously injured in an accident Saturday that shut down part of the Snyder Freeway.Ragland,
who pleaded guilty in the 1994 slaying of a University of Kentucky
football player, was driving a Dodge Durango on the ramp from the
northbound lanes of the Snyder onto eastbound Interstate 64 at about
4:20 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the
guardrail, said Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for Louisville Metro

CJ: “Kentucky’s pension debt to hit local governments’ balance sheets”

Kentucky's pension debt to hit local governments' balance sheets

Despite roughly $27 million in net assets, a $7 million cash reserve
and an AA- credit rating, the city of Hopkinsville, Ky., could be broke
in less than two years — at least on paper.

because new accounting rules that take effect July 1, 2014, require
Kentucky and its 1,500 local governments, public agencies and other
public employers that pay into the state retirement system, to reflect
their portion of Kentucky’s massive pension debt on their financial

means that Hopkinsville, for example, will have to show an estimated $36
million pension debt, while cities such as Louisville and Lexington
will be saddled with an accounting debt of $823 million and $191
million, respectively.

newly reflected debt won’t alter those cities’ actual pension
obligations. Public employers will pay for liabilities through annual
pension contributions, as they do now.


Of course, now take a look at those judicial appointments of legislators and the senior status program.  Who do you think is going to fund those folks getting large retirements?  Yup.  You and me.

CJ: “Jefferson County homicides jumped 28 percent in 2012″

Jefferson County homicides jumped 28 percent in 2012

Homicides in Jefferson County soared 28 percent in 2012, claiming 69
victims through Sunday — the first increase since 2007 and a grim
reflection of a violent span that saw a high-profile triple shooting in
May and three deaths around the Christmas holiday.

Legal Aid Society – Please Consider a Tax Deductible Donation for 2012

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Legal Aid Society – Please Consider a Tax Deductible Donation for 2012

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“Supreme Court rejects appeal of Kentucky fen-phen lawyer” from Westlaw

Supreme Court rejects appeal of Kentucky fen-phen lawyer

GallionWASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused
on Monday to hear an appeal by a Kentucky lawyer accused of
cheating clients out of millions of dollars paid in a settlement
over the diet drug combination fen-phen.

The high court, without explanation, rejected William
Gallion's bid to overturn his conviction for fraud related to
his representation of 440 clients who had opted out of a
nationwide class action claiming injuries from the anti-obesity
drug fen-phen.

A jury convicted the once-prominent attorney from Lexington,
Kentucky, and his co-counsel Shirley Cunningham in 2009 for
defrauding clients out of their share of a $200 million
settlement with American Home Products, now part of Pfizer Inc.

Under their agreements with clients, the lawyers were
supposed to receive one-third of any settlement amount. Instead,
they pocketed twice that amount, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors accused Cunningham and Gallion of lying to
clients about the settlement negotiations, misleading the trial
judge and funneling settlement funds into a foundation, the
Kentucky Fund for Healthy Living, where they were paid

Gallion was sentenced to 25 years in prison while Cunningham
received a 20-year term, and the men had to pay $127 million in
restitution to their clients. The jury acquitted a third lawyer
who had raised alcoholism as a defense.

Gallion and Cunningham appealed their convictions to the 6th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009, claiming they were denied
a fair trial. They argued that they did not intend to defraud
their clients but rather relied on the guidance of another
lawyer and the fact that the judge approved their actions.

But the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their
arguments, finding that the pair had "participated in a massive
scheme to defraud their clients."

Asking the Supreme Court to review his case, Gallion said
the trial judge had improperly decided a factual question that
should have been left to the jury. He also argued that findings
from a parallel investigation by the Kentucky Bar Association
should not have been admitted as evidence in the criminal case.

But the court, in an order without comment, declined to take
the case on Monday.

Reached by phone, Gallion's lawyer Louis Sirkin said he had
not yet seen the order and declined to comment.

Clifton Harviel, who represented Cunningham, said his client
was serving out his sentence at a federal correctional facility
in Mississippi.

The case is Gallion v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court,
No. 12-533.

For Gallion: Louis Sirkin of Santen & Hughes.

For the United States: Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

Ed Springston asks “Does Judge Charlie Cunningham have ethics problems?”

Ed Springston has written two posts raising ethical issues relating to a sitting judge on the Jefferson Circuit Court – Judge Charlie Cunningham and his rulings and comments from the bench in a partisan challenge to a Kentucky State Senate race.  For your information.

Cunningham_midHere are Mr. Springston's posts:

"Does Judge Charlie Cunningham have ethics problems?"


"Judge Charlie Cunningham screws up the 37th State Senate District race"





KTCR: “Bad Day for Ky Courts”

Posts from Shannon Ragland at Kentucky Trial Court Review on Senior Status Judges Program-

Bad day for Ky Courts. Closed. Senior judge
program jeopardized by the Marty "I'll Strangle You" McDonald scandal.
In 20 days when Judge Morris leaves the program (as planned), Old
Strangler will be the only Sr. Judge on the Jefferson County bench. And
what circuit judge would want him hearing their cases? Hate to see a
good program (Sr. Judges do good work in the right location, i.e. Potter
in Bullitt County a few years back), but this looks very bad. Will
anyone at Ky Courts act?