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Wendell Berry: Ky. writers have too little impact on public discourse

January 29th, 2015

After becoming the first living author inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, Wendell Berry, right, talked with Julie Wrinn, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. At left is writer Jason Howard,  editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly. Behind them, writer Bianca Spriggs. Photo by Tom Eblen   As [...]

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Middle Class Getting Squeezed Out of Courts. So What is Being Done About it?

January 27th, 2015

  Julie Kay, Daily Business Review January 26, 2015 Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Judge Marcia CookeAM Holt Poor and middle-class litigants in Florida are increasingly showing up to court without lawyers, resulting in a significant access-to-justice problem throughout the state. That was the consensus of a panel on “The Importance of Access to Justice [...]

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Supreme Court knocks down promised health benefits for union retirees

January 26th, 2015

  By DAVID G. SAVAGE   Supreme Court deals setback to unions over pledges to provide lifetime health coverage The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on the future of old union contracts that had promised lifetime health benefits for retired workers and their families. In a case seen as a victory for corporate America, the justices [...]

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Kentucky Supreme Court issues important guidance on proper jury instructions concerning causation of a plaintiff’s injury or death.

January 26th, 2015

  By David Kramer | dkramer@dbllaw.com In an opinion issued in December 2014 that recently became final, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued important guidance on proper jury instructions concerning causation of a plaintiff’s injury or death. In Branham v. Rock, 2012-SC-707, a decision authored by Justice Michelle Keller arising out of a medical malpractice action, the Court held that [...]

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Rand Paul’s Brand of Judicial Activism – Lochner v. New York discussed

January 26th, 2015

JAN 26, 2015 8:00 AM EST By Cass R. Sunstein For many decades, the Supreme Court’s 1905 decision in Lochner v. New York has ranked among the most universally despised rulings in the history of American law. In that long-repudiated case, the court struck down a maximum-hours law for bakers. A week ago, Senator Rand Paul [...]

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Texas Used Junk Science to Restrict Abortion The state’s experts lied—and they got caught. By Kathryn Kolbert

January 23rd, 2015

Abortion rights activists protest outside a federal court in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 4, 2014, where a hearing started about restrictions on abortion clinics in the state. Photo by Jon Herskovitz/Reuters On Jan. 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit heard oral arguments in a Texas case challenging the constitutionality of an abortion [...]

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COUNTY LAW LIBRARY PURSUING NEW COURT FEES in Texas

January 23rd, 2015

  Posted: January 23, 2015 – County Law Library fees in Kentucky have dropped.  Isn’t it time for the Legislature to increase court costs to allow proper funding of Kentucky’s County Law Libraries? Stan Billingsley, LawReader.com By MATT DOTRAY A-J MEDIA The shelves at the Lubbock County Law Library aren’t as full as they used to be. [...]

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Attorney: Lawmaker can’t be charged with DUI during session

January 23rd, 2015

BY ADAM BEAM Associated PressJanuary 22, 2015 FRANKFORT, KY. — A state senator is trying to have his DUI charge dismissed because the state constitution bans lawmakers from being arrested while the legislature is in session. Republican state Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard was arrested and charged with DUI on Jan. 6, the first day of [...]

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GOVERNOR WENDELL FORD DIES AT AGE 90

January 22nd, 2015

Wendell Ford, the patriarch of Kentucky Democratic politics in the latter part of the 20th Century, died Thursday morning in Owensboro, his hometown. He was 90. Ford served 24 years in the U.S. Senate and was governor from 1971 to 1974. He was the first person in Kentucky history to be elected lieutenant governor, governor [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court: Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations

January 21st, 2015

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law on the part of police.   Acting [...]

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