Former Chief Justice Palmore says Fletcher has politicized the Courts.

Former Chief Justice John Palmore says Fletcher’s influence and the actions of current Chief Justice Joseph Lambert have politicized the Supreme Court.

Palmore says eventually the political makeup of the court will swing the other way, perhaps after the November elections.
McAnulty’s November opponent, Jefferson Circuit Judge Ann O’Malley Shake, says she doesn’t intend to hammer McAnulty with Fletcher, but says, “I will explain to voters why I didn’t seek the governor’s appointment.?  Shake says, “I didn’t want to go to an indicted defendant with my hand out.”

McAnulty says there were no promises made to the governor in return for the appointment to the Supreme Court and he’ll recuse himself from cases involving Fletcher.

Under Supreme Court and statutory rules, when three justices recuse themselves, then the Governor appoints special justices to hear the pending case.  If the case of Commonwealth v. Fletcher gets to the Ky. Supreme Court, and if McAnulty recuses himself as he says he will, and if Justice Roach, the Governor’s former legal counsel recuses, as he did before, and if Lambert or any other appointee of Gov. Fletcher recuses, then the rules will apply….and allow the Gov. to appoint three special justices to hear his case.


The swearing in of Justice McAnulty means Governor Fletcher has now appointed three Supreme Court justices and has political ties to a fourth.  That’s a majority of the seven-member high court.


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