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Gov. Beshear ceremonially signs juvenile justice law

September 1st, 2014

  Press Release Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014 Contact Information: Kerri Richardson Terry Sebastian 502-564-2611 SB 200 steers more youthful offenders to treatment instead of detention FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today joined state and local leaders  to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based [...]

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Texas looks to Supreme Court to block Confederate license plates

September 1st, 2014

  Texas is fighting to block license plates featuring the Confederate flag. Its battle with the Sons of Confederate Veterans has lasted five years, longer than the Civil War.  /Texas Department of Motor Vehicles By MARISSA BARNETT Austin Bureau mbarnett@dallasnews.com Published: 30 August 2014 11:42 PM Updated: 31 August 2014 12:18 AM AUSTIN — The legal sparring [...]

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Judge Strikes Down New Texas Abortion Restrictions

August 30th, 2014

Law Would Have Required Clinics to Qualify as ‘Ambulatory Surgical Centers’ By NATHAN KOPPEL CONNECT Updated Aug. 29, 2014 6:52 p.m. ET AUSTIN, Texas—A federal judge on Friday blocked a portion of a new state law set to take effect Monday that would have required abortion clinics to qualify as “ambulatory surgical centers,” a rule that could [...]

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Betty A. Springate sworn in as district judge for Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties

August 28th, 2014

  Press Release Date: Friday, August 01, 2014 Contact Information: Leigh Anne Hiatt, APR Public Information Officer 502-573-2350, x 50031 Cell-859-619-7916 lhiatt@kycourts.net http://courts.ky.gov FRANKFORT, Ky. — Betty A. Springate, an attorney from Lawrenceburg, has been sworn in to fill the vacant District Court judgeship for Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties. The seat represents the 53rd [...]

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DA Not Obliged to Pay for Subpoenaed Documents

August 28th, 2014

By DAVID LEE      DALLAS (CN) – A Texas bank cannot force a district attorney’s office to compensate it for producing over 38,000 pages of subpoenaed account records, a Texas appeals court ruled. Preston State Bank was served with a subpoena in October 2009 asking for documents from two of its account holders. After the Dallas-based [...]

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Education and Workforce Development Cabinet New report shows employment, earnings for graduates of Kentucky’s public four-year universities

August 28th, 2014

  Press Release Date: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 Contact Information: FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2014) — A report released today from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) on the Commonwealth’s eight public four-year universities shows that students from Kentucky were more likely to stay in the state to work than students from out-of-state. [...]

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The Judicial System’s Blessing Of Police Use Of Excessive Force Makes It Nearly Impossible To Hold Bad Cops Accountable

August 28th, 2014

from the the-courts-have-cops’-backs,-but-who-has-yours? dept It’s not just the thin blue line insulating bad cops from accountability, it’s the entire judicial system. From lower-level judges treating statements from police with amazing amounts of credulity even in the face of past misconduct or contradictory recordings to the nation’s top court, the judiciary branch, giving police officers built-in defenses that far exceed those available [...]

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Judges’ rulings take away workers’ rights

August 27th, 2014

by: MARK GRUENBERG august 27 2014tags: workers, worker rights, rulings, labor, national If there ever is a year that proves the importance of judges’ rulings to workers’ rights, 2014 is it. That’s because the jurists in black robes spent much of the year taking rights away. From the U.S. Supreme Court down to the Los Angeles Superior Court, judges issued rulings [...]

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Will the Supreme Court decide whether judge-found facts can be used to increase a federal sentence?

August 27th, 2014

  Last May I noted a recent cert. petition challenging the use of judge-found facts to increase a federal sentence. (The Supreme Court has already said that it is unconstitutional for statutes to rely on judge-found facts to justify a longer sentence; the new question is whether it is also unconstitutional for common-law rules like appellate reasonableness review to do the same thing. [...]

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Secretary Grimes Announces Upcoming Candidate Filing Deadline

August 27th, 2014

  Press Release Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Contact Information: Lynn Sowards Zellen, lynn.zellen@ky.gov Bradford Queen, bradford.queen@ky.gov (502) 564-3490 Independent, political organization and political group candidates running for most offices in Kentucky must file their petitions of nomination and pay the filing fee by August 12, 2014. The paperwork must be received by the filing official by [...]

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