Hundreds of Prosecutors Convene In Lexington For Annual Conference

Aug 20, 2014

Over 600 prosecutors are in Lexington this week for the annual Kentucky Prosecutors Conference
Credit Stu Johnson

Christian County is trying a unique approach to combat growing domestic violence issues.  The Christian County attorney's office has a subdivision solely focused on working domestic violence cases. Attorney Tonya Fleming began her new job August first. Fleming says she hopes to help break the cycle of abuse.

"The biggest issue that I think we have in domestic violence is victims not realizing they are victims,” said Fleming.  “It's the cycle of abuse and they keep going back to it.  My biggest goal is to try to educate people and to know they can do better for themselves and they don't have to be in that environment."

Fleming is one of about 600 prosecutors meeting this week in Lexington for the annual Kentucky Prosecutors Conference. 

Metcalfe County Attorney Barry Gilley says he's been practicing some form of law for 37 years.  During his time in the legal profession, Gilley says he's also represented offenders.  He says a lack of patience makes his job tougher today.

"It makes practicing law a lot more difficult, cause you're dealing with people who are on an emotional ride one way or the other anyway and then they have less patience and they're not taught patience anymore.  You know we as a society don't teach patience," said Gilley.

Thursday's agenda includes a meeting of the Legislative Interim Committee on Judiciary.