JUSTICE WINTERSHEIMER PUBLISHES A NEW BOOK TITLED “SECRETS OF THE KY. SUPREME COURT.
Review by Judge Stan Billingsley (Ret.)
Justice Wintersheimer has published a 384 page book which details his career on the court and reveals many anecdotes about his work and relationship with other Justices and court personnel.
We particularly enjoyed one story about Justice Leibson who was walking near the Juniper Hills Golf Course in Frankfort, and found an apparently abandoned golf ball which he retrieved. He was quickly approached by some angry golfers and returned their ball to them before quickly exiting the area.
(Anyone who had the experience of trying a case before Justice Leibson will recognize how lucky the golfer was for not offering due respect to Justice Leibson.)
Justice Wintersheimer provides in insightful look at the court and the procedures of the court. He writes about his deep commitment to the Catholic Church. He discusses other justices with whom he disagreed philosophically but always does so respectfully. Justice Wintersheimer was one of the most prolific authors of decisions on the court. He was noted for his writing skill which was enhanced by his career as a writer for a Cincinnati newspaper before going on the bench.
Justice Wintersheimer was noted for his conservative view point in criminal cases. He doesn’t mention one case for which we believe he should be recognized. He was one of three Justices (Wintersheimer, Sara Combs, and Charles Leibson) who prevented the extension of absolute immunity to prosecutors for the investigatory phase of their work. Compton v. Romans, Ky., 869 SW.2d 24 (1993). That decision is now being made the law of the land by the U.S. Supreme Court. It would be to simply to tag the former Justice as a “conservative” jurist, although many of his decisions were indeed predicable conservative. The prosecutors immunity case proves that he reviewed cases more on the merits than on some doctrinaire philosophy.
The book delivers on the promise of the title, and our review of the book answered a lot of questions about how the court advances cases, schedules hearings, etc. The book is well worth the $25 purchase price.
The book can be purchased through
Adams Avenue Books
224 Adams Ave.
Covington, Ky. 41014