Judge Steve Hurt, Opponent of Judge David Williams, Seeks Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief Allowing him The Right To Be a Candidate Against Judge Williams

Feb. 22, 2014 by Stan Billingsley

Retired Judge Steve D. Hurt has filed a law suit in the Franklin Circuit Court seeking, “Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief”. The purpose of the suit is to obtain a holding that the newly enacted statute, (KRS 118.105 …adopted in June 25, 2013) is unconstitutional since it prevents a retired judge, “…who retired as a Senior Status Special Judge” from “shall not become a candidate for any elected office during the five year term prescribed in KRS 21.580(1)(a)1 (Senior Status Program for Special Judges).
The argument presented to the Franklin Circuit Court states that Judge Hurt retired from the Senior Status Judge program after serving the mandatory 600 days on December 18, 2013.
The new statute (KRS 118.105) was adopted on June 26, 2013. Hurt’s attorney James L. Deckard of Hurt, Crosbie & May of Lexington, Ky. argues that this statute violates the constitutional provisions for the eligibility to being a candidate for a judicial office.

He argues that the application of the statute “would act to impair, thwart, obstruct or defeat …(Hurt) in his rights” under Section 116 of the Kentucky Constitution.
Hurt is a well known judge and is popular in the judicial district with former Senator David Williams.

LawReader has received several reports, even from former political enemies of David Williams, which opine that Williams has served well as Circuit Judge.

The statute is thought to have been adopted due to an attempt to prevent double dipping since the judge who retired, and then ran for another office would be able to continue to draw his retirement benefits, and also to draw a salary for whatever office he was elected to during his retirement.

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