Governor appoints Judge McAnulty to Ky Supreme Court vacancy

In a press release by the Office of Governor Ernie Fletcher, it was announced that the Governor had appointed Court of Appeals William McAnalty to the vacancy on the Ky. Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Martin Johnstone.     

 Upon the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Martin E. Johnstone, the Judicial Nominating Commission has forwarded three names to Governor Fletcher to fill the vacancy until the election results are final at the end of 2006.

   The nominees are William E. McAnulty (currently on the Court of Appeals and one of the two candidates for the full term in this November’s general election), Scott Miller Jr. and Charles E. Ricketts, Jr.  Ricketts is a former President of the Kentucky Bar Association.   McAnulty is opposed in the November election by Judge Ann Shake.

    The Courier-Journal has called on McAnulty to remove his name from consideration so that he will not appear to be obligated in any way to Governor Fletcher if issues concerning the Governor’s pending indictment come before the Supreme Court. 

 Judge Shake has announced that she would not be a candidate for the interim appointment in order to avoid any appearance of favoritism towards the Governor.

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