WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon January 10, 2005
Judge Rules On State Senate Seat
Frankfort, KY – A judge ruled Monday morning that republican Dana Seum Stephenson can continue in her new job as a state senator, at least for the time being.
Franklin County Circuit Judge William Graham declined an emergency request to prohibit Stephenson from being paid or taking part in meetings. Graham, though, said he would take up the matter again on Friday.
He seemed concerned about the senate rejecting judicial orders and a recommendation of one of its own committees. The committee found that Stephenson did not meet the constitutional requirement of six years of Kentucky residency.
U_ law professor Paul Salamanca consults with senate republicans. He said it would be unprecedented for a judge to order a legislative body to ignore its own decision about who deserved to serve.
Graham questioned whether any of the cases involved a judge finding beforehand that a candidate was not qualified.